Review: Soleïman Adel Guémar

  Les Yeux Fermés (Eyes Closed), by Soleïman Adel Guémar, translated by Tom Cheesman & John Goodby (Hafan Books, 2014), ISBN 9780992656423. Reviewed by Andrea Tallarita   Consider – ‘à ses pieds / les disparus / les massacrés / les torturés / les détenus’ (‘at his feet / the disappeared / the massacred / the tortured / […]

Interview: Christopher Meredith

  For his essay on Poet-Novelists in our Summer 2015 issue, Dai George interviewed Christopher Meredith at his home in the Black Mountains. We’re delighted to publish the edited transcript of the conversation online. Christopher Meredith’s first novel Shifts won the Arts Council of Wales Fiction prize and was recently shortlisted for the title of Greatest Welsh Novel […]

Summer 2015 Editorial

Wales, Patagonia and the cultures of the imagination  This issue arises from a fascination with a two-way gaze: the ways in which Patagonia imagines Wales and in turn how Wales imagines Patagonia. At its extremes, one place may be imagined as ‘the end of the earth’, as an empty wild west ripe for a white saviour-style […]

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 […]