Tishani Doshi on How She Writes a Poem

With her recent collection Girls Coming Out of the Woods (Bloodaxe, 2018) selected as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Summer Recommendations, we decided that May’s ‘How to Write a Poem’ should come from Tishani Doshi: Steal a first line if you must. After you’ve finished writing the poem, destroy that line. Or not. Newspapers can […]

Poetry in Expanded Translation – an update

by Zoë Skoulding Peter Riley’s review of books by Peter Hughes, Tim Atkins, Robert Sheppard and others refers to ‘expanded translation’ as what he takes to be a ‘new academic category’ of poetry translation in which canonical texts are translated or re-versioned in the interests of ‘modernisation, personalisation, and democratisation’. While Riley notes that ‘several academic […]

Peter Finch on How He Writes a Poem

For the month of April we have the inimitable Peter Finch musing on how to craft a poem: Collect the data.  All of it.  Research endlessly.  Nothing should be below notice.  The more specialist the better.  Scour and store.  Absorb this stuff.  Think about it and then absorb some more.  When there’s enough the poem will […]

Poetry in Expanded Translation

Poetry Wales is delighted to be a part of the Poetry in Expanded Translation project. Our spring issue features groundbreaking poetic works in collaboration from Eric Zboya, Zoë Skoulding, Jessica Pujol Duran, Chris McCabe, Nia Davies & Jeff Hilson, Vahni Capildeo & Alys Conran, Tim Atkins, Simon Smith, Ghazel Mosadeq and Rhys Trimble. Translation may seem like […]

First Thursday Cardiff with Ailbhe Darcy, Steven Hitchins and Julia Rose Lewis

Thursday March 1st, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, 7.30pm Join Poetry Wales for a special St David’s Day First Thursday at Chapter Arts Cardiff. Editor Nia Davies presents three poets for your aural enjoyment followed by the famous FT open mic. £3 on the door, redeemable with the purchase of a book! Ailbhe Darcy is an Irish poet […]

Ailbhe Darcy on How She Writes a Poem

We kick off 2018 with the marvellous poet, Ailbhe Darcy, on how she writes a poem: First, invest monstrously in your own personal mythology. Novelists build a fictional world for the space of a volume or several volumes, but the poet builds a fictional world across an entire life. Then, disagree. A poem is a […]

From the Archive: Joseph P Clancy

Elan Grug Muse reads Joseph P Clancy in Poetry Wales, Summer 1967 It’s the musicality of the lines that first grab your attention. The way the consonants bounce and roll against each other. It is strangely familiar, but you can’t quite place it. Joseph Clancy called it a cywydd, and although it is ‘inspired by’ […]

Llyr Gwyn Lewis on How He Writes a Poem

‘resist writing — the act of getting words down on paper — until much later in the process of composing.’ For October’s ‘How to’ we invited Llyr Gwyn Lewis to share his fascinating thoughts and approach to his writing: Read, read, and interact — but keep in mind that it’s a fine line between inspiration […]

Frances Presley on How She Writes a Poem

‘See if the draft poem has thematic and technical substance or throw it away. Subject it to all the tests you can think of.’  In September’s instalment of ‘How to write a poem’ Frances Presley shares her lovely and instructive wisdom for approaching a poem: 1. Write a sequence of poems with a theme and […]