Poem: Food Tester by Jonathan Edwards

Food Tester I’d give my life for his. This poisoned fruit that could cut short his breath or break his heart, this leg of pork that makes him sick for days or weeks slips easily across my lips and down my throat. You get a feel for this, a nose, and do the work by […]

On Violence and Empathy: Winter Editorial

From Poetry Wales Winter 2014/2015 I started writing an editorial about violence. I realised that this was going to be a violent issue. I wrote myself questions like this: Is Wales safer than Mexico for women? Why partake in poetry when poetry cannot on the face of it do much about violence? When does a depiction […]

Review: Short Days, Long Shadows by Sheenagh Pugh

Sheenagh Pugh, Short Days, Long Shadows, Seren, £9.99, 72pp, 9781781721568 by Joey Connolly The blurb of Sheenagh Pugh’s twelfth collection Short Days, Long Shadows describes her as a poet who ‘considers “too accessible” to be the best sort of compliment’. So often the back of a book of poetry sells its author short, but on […]

First Thursday

First Thursday in February will be entirely devoted to Poetry Wales Magazine! Hosted by Editor, Nia Davies and featuring novelist and poet Richard Gwyn, young Cardiff poets Emily Blewitt and Rebecca Parfitt, and Fran Lock. 5th February at Chapter Arts Centre 7:30 pm, £2.50 entry, OPEN MIC


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Live poetry in Merthyr with Jonathan Edwards

Nosweithiau Meic Agored / Open Mic Nights 22-01-2015 Gwesty’r Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais Merthyr Tudful, CF47 8UH Mynediad am ddim / Free On January 22nd Poetry Wales will be marking its 50th year in the town where it all started – Merthyr Tydfil. We will be celebrating at the regular open mic night at the Imperial […]

Jonathan Edwards wins the 2014 Costa Poetry Award!

We’re delighted that Jonathan Edwards has won the 2014 Costa Poetry Award for his debut collection My Family and Other Superheroes. The book has been eliciting delight from readers and reviewers since it was published by Seren in 2014 so we’re very pleased that it is getting the recognition it deserves. It is indeed ‘joyous and brilliant’! […]

Birthday Poem for Dannie Abse at Ninety

  im. Dannie (1923-2014) Oh, write and paint and play, old men, and never count the cost, the road is long and lonely and the indifferent gods are lost.   In his ninetieth year to heaven an artist may still stroke the canvas with a broad  brush, still cut precise lines in the plate so […]

Handwritten in Danish

By Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese A window display in Rue St-Sulpice stopped me on my walk from Luxembourg Gardens back to Île Saint-Louis. Pages handwritten in ink turned to sepia. Signed by Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, George Sand, André Gide, André Breton, Paul Éluard… I studied the curvatures, crossings-out, spacing and creases on the faded paper. Suddenly this unexpected […]