Diolch to editor Samuel Reid for asking me to contribute a poem to Field’s issue on the theme of ‘Control’. Many of my poems are personal, but this one has perhaps left me feeling the most exposed as it’s the first time I’ve written something around the OCD diagnosis I received last year.
‘Here’s What Happens When You Enter a Black Hole’ is a poem about a 25-year obsession with death, looking at some of the associated anxieties/compulsions. Last year’s OCD diagnosis was a very welcome explanation, and I’ve since received CBT which has honestly been life changing.
Now looking forward to seeing how the other eight writers have responded to this wide-ranging theme. You can pick up a copy of the issue on Field’s website: https://fieldzine.com
Loved returning to Hay Festival yesterday (after too long away) to see some of my poems included in the Hereford College of Arts AR Sculpture Experience. To experience the poems, you scanned a QR code next to the real-world sculpture and were taken to an Instagram filter where you could read them in augmented reality. Such an innovative way for people to experience poetry!