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Flat Holm Project multimedia website goes live

Congratulations to collaborators Glenn Davidson of Artstation, dramatist Wyn Mason and sound engineer Mike Fedeski as the website of the Flat Holm Art Project goes live, with my poems woven into Glenn's interactive 3D map of the island as well as full voice recordings and texts of the sequences The Wind on Echni and Small Saints and Sundry Presences. Explore these plus Wyn's monologues and Mike's soundscapes – and thus the island – on art.flatholmisland.com/home/

Ynys Echni/Flat Holm is an island midstream in Môr Hafren/the Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve, managed by Cardiff Council. Our team visited and stayed on the island at intervals from 2022, sometimes in company with 20,000 nesting gulls.

Garsdale: a week of clear air and poetry

My thanks and much respect to Hamish and Rebecca of the Garsdale Retreat, high in the Yorkshire Dales, for establishing a place for quietly intensive writing/tutoring and fine feeding, up among the the calls of lapwing, curlew and (while I was there, late April) Spring lambs. For a sense of that spaciousness, a view from the garden to the next-door neighbours...

Mossy drystone wall, with view of bare hills beyon, a single white house in the distance.

Thanks too to thoughtfully exact and musical guest reader Katharine Towers and to all the members of a friendly, focussed, mutually supportive group, who tried everything I dared them to, however perverse, and used it produce writing which was gloriously different, utterly their own.

Philip Gross and Jeremy Hooker together in Brecon

Friday 22 March – a warm welcome in The Hours Cafe and Bookshop, Brecon for two old friends, ex-colleagues and fellow long-haul practitioners of poetry to read together, in an event that also honoured the memory of late poet friends Anne Cluysenaar and Ruth Bidgood.

 

Poetry in many guises

Saturday 10th March, 2024... and a loose group of writers, artists and musicians who meet once a month for a Serendip Tea at the Turner House Gallery, Penarth, came together for an afternoon of Poetry On Show in many guises. There were:

  • ...the poetry of smells (with real perfumes) by Lesley James,
  • ...audio + cut up / paper installation by Sophie Buchaillard,
  • ...poetry jewellery by Mab Jones,
  • ...poems in performance by Luca Paci and myself, with music from Chris Glynn and Mac Elton.

…not to mention the presiding spirit of Karl Blossfeldt (1854-1932) whose hauntingly cool precise, sometimes microscopic images of previously unnoticed plant forms surrounded us and challenged us to look and think.

Our thanks to the curators, and to the Hayward Gallery, London South Bank, whose travelling exhibition this was. It leaves me with a sequence of fifteen poems in response to the Blossfeldt (click here for one: Blossfeldt form) wondering where they might go next or what they’ll lead to.

 

Poems in BERLIN LIT

berlin lit is an elegant and lively international online quarterly journal for new poetry in English, founded in 2022 by Matthew McDonald, Australian musician and poet living in Berlin, and rapidly establishing itself as an attractive place to be and to meet a range of thoughtful and surprising voices.

Click here for Issue 6 just out. Thanks to them for accepting my Mist Fugue and The Long Acoustics.

Poems in ANTHROPOCENE

Another example of the lithe and exnterprising new life flowing into the poetry world online, ANTHROPOCENE publishes new work – poems and translations – every Wednesday and Sunday, as well as a fortnighty newletter.

All this is available on their site here, including these contributions from me – Limestone Singing and To Seed... and Catchment and Feather on the Pillow . Several of these comes from an ongoing project, begun during the pandemic, of walking the marginal land here round Penarth.

Poems in BAD LILIES

BAD LILIES is an example of the fertile, fresh world of quality online poetry magazines – bi-monthly, coming up to its 18th issue, quickly attracting an impressive list of names, established and new.

If you haven't met it yet, use these poems of mine, The Water Feature and Settlers, as a gateway to exploring so much more. Or these, in the brand new issue 18, Night Work on the Reactor and A Prospect of the Baltic. (Other rich and varied poems in this issue by Michaela Coplen, Rebecca Watts, David Yezzi, Derek Webster, Claire Crowther, John Redmond, Mary Ford Neal, Lisa Kelly, Patrick Davidson Roberts, Katrina Naomi, Gareth Prior.)

 

Poems in MODRON

MODRON: Writing on Nature & the Ecological Crisis is now on its third issue, and drawing in a wide range of quality work – poems, articles, reviews and blog posts – by some of the most interesting writers from Wales and beyond.

Click here to see two poems of mine, Transmigrations and Windthrow – and also a contribution to a month-long series of writing prompts, this one with an eye to the conversations, often fraught, potentially creative, between languages: Macaronic.

And then, of course, spend time exploring the wealth of content of the Modron site here.

As an antidote to angels, a little demonology


Courtesy of the vivid, various, oceanic, world-girdling online journal Live Encounters, here’s A Preamble to the Demonology, my wry rationale for why I won’t be writing a book about demons to match The Thirteenth Angel, published  by Bloodaxe in November, and currently shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize.

The Thirteenth Angel: T.S.Eliot Prize videos and focus

Click into the T.S.Eliot Prize site Shortlisted poets in focus to watch Philip interviewed and reading three sample poems from his shortlisted collection The Thirteenth Angel. You'll find Readers' Notes and a thoughtful commissioned review by John Field, as well as a way into the other shortlisted collections.