Ravishment

I forgot to mention a poem published in Poetry Ireland Review recently titled 'Ravishment.' It was an incredible issue, and I highly recommend it. Vona Groarke's final issue as editor, it included work by Simon Armitage, Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce, Paul Muldoon, Sean O'Brien and Caitríona O'Reilly. Books reviewed include new work from Derek Mahon, Bernard O'Donoghue, [...]

Fool Me Twice

I just had an article out in The Manifest Station, which is about the idea of repeat victimisation. Domestic violence is still so badly understood, and unless you have studied the subject, it can be difficult to understand why abusive relationships unfold the way they do. It was important to me to get these thoughts [...]

The Little Cage of Ellis Bell

The Little Cage of Ellis Bell A Week-long Exhibit in the Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Series 12th – 16th June   This project presents the work of British artists Victoria Brookland (art) and Zoë Brigley Thompson (poetry), alongside historic garments from the Ohio State Historic Costumes and Textiles Collection. In juxtaposition, the paintings, poems, and [...]

Poetry: why experiment?

I heard today that some of my poems are going to be included in the anthology The Edge of Necessary: Welsh innovative poetry 1966-2016. I started thinking about the particular kind of experimentation that I enjoy, and where that urge comes from. It put in my mind a particular moment. In 1985, when I was 4 [...]

Stanford, California

I am much indebted to the incredibly talented Claire Trevien who has just posted today a videopoem based on my poem 'Stanford, California.' The poem is part of a sequence  'Beatitudes for the Women' on the subject of violence against women. This one is a found poem that recycles real testimony from the Stanford letter, [...]

Wales and a Colonial Past

Just recently, I wrote up an article about a TV historian's comments on Wales, and I mapped out how those comments were so very reminiscent of English colonialism in Wales. You can find it here on Wales Online. In the late nineties when I started university, there were such changes in Wales regarding devolution and [...]