Swindon Poetry Festival, 5.30pm Oct 5th 2017, with Nina Lewis and Stephen Daniels

V FORMATION – POETS of V. PRESS RJ Museum Tent-Palace

A celebration of three new and exciting voices in British poetry: Stephen Daniels, Gram Joel Davies and Nina Lewis.
Stephen Daniels is the editor of Amaryllis Poetry and Strange Poetry websites. His debut pamphlet Tell Mistakes I Love Them was published in 2017 by V. Press. Gram Joel Davies lives in Devon and his pamphlet, Bolt Down This Earth was V. Press’ Forward Prize nominee for 2017. Nina Lewis is Worcestershire Poet Laureate and her debut pamphlet Fragile Houses was published by V. Press in 2016.

17:30 to 18:30
£6

Book tickets

Die Back

 

Downpour. Over his ale,
he tells me, Ash wood burns wet.
Trains in disarray, villages
silenced. The English—
forever unprepared. To reach
a bus stop we needed waders.

That website showed us
how to spot the rot: patches
in bark like porter soaking
shirtsleeves; twigs’
black fingernails bared
above canopies.

We fought flash floods
on roads which closed like zips
behind us, to this inn fire
under these ceiling beams.
Some things appear changeless;
there are no tales of tomorrow.

Away in lanes, overhung by ashes’
banana-bunch branches, comes
a creeping flame. Another ale—
he tells me there were fewer
floods, back in his day.

Rogue Strands, August 2017

Davies’ poetry relishes a sense of otherness which unsettles at first. At certain moments, conjunctions, prepositions or articles are suppressed, contractions avoided, nouns turned into verbs, everything often wrapped in the aural effect of repeated vowels. This means that the reader initially has to feel a way through these poems as if sight were blurred. However, as we get to grips with Davies’ idiosyncratic use of language, the consequence is that a perspective is eventually revealed afresh, brighter and more vivid than we could have expected.

Read full review by Matthew Stewart at Rogue Strands

 

Under the Radar (ed. J. Commane) Issue 19, Summer 2017

Two of my poems from Bolt Down This Earth appear in the magazine this quarter. For those who don’t know, Under the Radar is the flagship periodical from Nine Arches Press, dedicated to presenting “a lively mix of the best up-and-coming and established poets and writers, as well as reviews and articles.”

Find out more, and buy a copy of the issue, here: http://www.ninearchespress.com/magazine.html

Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, Nine Arches Press, 2017

Edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, is a ground-breaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos and audio recordings, it showcases a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces, these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.

My poems ‘Creep’ and ‘I Am Hive’ appear in this book.

Available from: http://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/stairs%20and%20whispers.html

Listen to the poets from the anthology: https://soundcloud.com/ninearchespress/sets/stairs-and-whispers