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 [...]

Poems on Stieglitz’s pictures of O’Keeffe

This month, I have some poems up on Compass Magazine based on the art and life of Georgia O'Keeffe. They draw on her paintings, her letters to her lover Alfred Stieglitz, his photographs of her, and descriptions of O’Keeffe by critics like Waldo Frank.It is in part inspired by the Tate Modern's current  major exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. Years [...]