Throughout August I took part in #TheSealeyChallenge – a reading challenge where participants read a book of poems a day during the month of August, and share their picks on social media to promote the poets/the reading of poetry. There's some good quotes about the challenge from founder Nicole Sealey in this Electric Lit article.
As a slow reader I’m lucky if I get through 31 books in a year, so for my first attempt at the challenge I chose to revisit 31 single poems instead – all favourites from collections and pamphlets I’ve recently read/re-read.
Hats off to those reading entire collections, because I fell behind a few times during the month. It's been great to revisit poems though – you can see all my picks on this Twitter thread.
Thrilled to have a recording of my poem 'The Search Party' included on the latest episode of the brilliant Unlatched Podcast. Thanks to Amy Hodkin for choosing it, and giving it a really lovely intro.
Unlatched has been a very welcome 30-min distraction for me during the COVID-19 lockdown, and I really recommend giving them a listen. You can find the episode I'm featured on here or by searching 'Unlatched Podcast' on your podcast app.
If you’re looking for something to read during lockdown, Atlanta Review have made their latest issue – dedicated to poets from Cornwall and Wales – free to download from their website.
Great to see my poem ‘Gull’ published alongside poems from many friends and familiar names. You can find the issue here: atlantareview.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Atlanta-Review-Spring-2020-04.30.20.pdf
Haiku from That Lone Ship (Parthian Books, 2018)
I recently picked five of my favourite poetry books for The Poetry Question's #TPQ5 series, and you can read the interview here: thepoetryquestion.com/2020/02/19/tpq5-rhys-owain-williams
I'd recommend checking out the rest of the website too – it's packed full of poetry criticism and comment with a strong focus on small presses.
Not the best M.R. James, but glad I managed to fit in a short Ghost Story for Christmas on a busy Christmas Eve.