Poem: Io by Ellen Cranitch

Io flat cow skull-bone trying to feel through coarse fur his knuckles against her brow, the stroke-soft soothe-speak; flat cow skull-bone gathering all thought, all nerve to accurately feel, re-feel, focus, the small girl memory of his musk man-smell when brush of his fingers on her hot forehead would soothe her; flat cow skull-bone housing […]

Poem: 5 Views Re/Dux

5 Views Re/Dux by Catherine Fletcher    Rippled Drum (Bard) an instrument that makes waves a drum with a vein of chocolate running through wavy rolling tobacco the inner ear drowning in cheap alcohol Poor Holding (Vicar) property of the indigent bad grip sickly footing sad, misspelled Caulfield Coated Macadam (Mender) a Scot with thick […]

(Re)Generation: Amy McCauley

Amy McCauley’s contribution to the series (Re)Generation – on influence – which ran throughout the 50th volume of Poetry Wales. Influence, n. The action or fact of flowing in; inflowing, inflow, influx. Influence, v. To affect the mind or action of; to move or induce by influence Tottenham Hotspur four / Tranmere Rovers nil // Everton […]

Review: three pamphlets

IN YOUR OWN WORDS: Poetry, academia and media madness collide in three very different pamphlets   Pick Me Up by Anna Kiernan and Harriet Lee-Merrion (Atlantic Press Books, 2014), £9.00 ISBN 978-0957154926. Trench Feet by Nicholas Murray (Rack Press, 2014), £5.00 ISBN 978-0992765453 Dylanation by Phil Knight (Green Arrow Press, 2014) £5.00 ISBN 978-0957503366 Reviewed by Rosie Breese […]

Lit on the Lawn

The Welsh in South America 4.15pm, Saturday 4th July Lit on the Lawn at the Caerleon Festival, Priory Hotel Gardens, 11.30am to 5.45pm Tickets for the whole day: £10 We preview our summer issue ‘Patagonia, Wales and the cultures of the imagination’ at Lit on the Lawn at the 2015 Caerleon Festival. PW editor Nia Davies joins author Jon Gower […]

Poem: 1.4/grid by Calum Gardner

in solidarity with the Save Roath Library protest, 20.5.15 THIS is gardened-night, a space when all impractical floating love is kept by morning, and the rust-SOIL is unforgot and ill-maintained, but still any such people’s epic numbers a wash of names like on a school-leaver’s hoodie, makes me feel old, like a rock: keep that […]

Spring 2015 Editorial

By Nia Davies Something Marilyn Jones told me on my first week of work at Swansea Central library in early 2008: libraries would never have been invented in today’s world. With this the place seemed miraculous; the sweeping views of Swansea bay, its blend of high, low (and everything in between) culture, the invitation to […]

An Interview with Rosalind Hudis

  Topography More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers’ colors. Elizabeth Bishop – The Map   She can’t read but likes to crackle her fingers over the surface of a map she has opened batted and flattened into position beside me. She wants to draw along the contours of a story that flows out […]

Gelynion – Enemies Cymru

9th May – 5th June 2015 in Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Hay-on-Wye & London Gelynion – Enemies Cymru – is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration. It takes the international Enemies project into the multilingual context of Wales, aiming to create original collaborative work in both of Wales’s […]

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