I recently did an interview for the Devolved Voices project at University of Aberystwyth. The idea of the project is to investigate the state of Welsh poetry in English since Wales’s devolution ‘yes’ vote of 1997. There is a particular focus on those poets who have emerged since 1997 and a consideration of the rise in poetry from women.
A few people have asked me about the cover image of The Midnight Heart. it was taken in Franklinton, a somewhat neglected area of Columbus that actually predated the main city, but now is somewhat run down and poverty stricken. Columbus, as a kind of boom town, has recently started trying to revitalize Franklinton, and a number of arts workshops and markets have emerged in old factories. (There are rumours that parts of nuclear bombs were manufactured here!?)
Having just spent a few months in Britain, I was really moved to read an article about exile by Costica Bradatan in the New York Times:
“Uprooting is a devastating blow because you have to separate yourself overnight from something that, for as long as you can remember, has been an important part of your identity. In a sense, you are your culture, customs, language, country, your family, your lovers”