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New Welsh Reader 107, Spring 2015


Editorial:


Seeking Riches (Gwen Davies)

This edition, bound in the defunct 48,100 Zimbabwe Trillion dollar note, takes the theme of riches and poverty. Ben Skelton writes on poets’ response (or lack of it) to the global financial crisis and notes the denial of David Constantine, co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, that it should be a compelling theme for poets. Skelton goes on to develop ideas raised in John Redmond’s Poetry & Privacy about the cache placed on poets’ relation to the public sphere, especially so-called ‘big’ themes like climate change or economic collapse. Columnist and acclaimed nature writer Susan Richardson picks up this theme when, seeking riches on a Pembrokeshire beach, she is reminded that in the last forty years, the world has lost over 50% of its vertebrate wildlife. She ponders how to deal with such abstracted loss in her writing: ‘I’ve revisited Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy’s work on transforming denial, grief and despair into social and environmental activism. I’ve veered between an evangelical belief in the potential of poetry to make a difference, to inspire shifts in perception and create new patterns of thought and experience, and the fear that it changes nothing.’

In our fiction section, meanwhile, the protagonist of Jayne Joso’s novel extract, ‘My Falling Down House’, is a Tokyo worker who loses his girlfriend, his home, his job and his cello in one week, finding his world reduced to a single box: ‘A man, when he falls, first becomes a box man, and next, a sticky ball of rice. It’s not a good way for things to go.... There had been an economic downturn, a crisis, and like many, I was surplus to requirements.’

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Regulars

Postcard from Nowhere Chris Moss takes a road trip through Patagonia read more...
Thirty Ways of Looking at the Sea Susan Richardson seeks riches on the beach read more...
Atheist John Barnie read more...


Essays

The Girl in Red Boots Jo Mazelis' feature-length autobiographical account of her close shave with the local paedophile read more...
The Financial Lives of the Poets Ben Skelton on poetry & economics read more...


Creative

An Elephant in Aberaeron Story by Tristan Hughes read the full article here...
My Falling Down House Novel Extract by Jayne Joso read more...
Desire Line Novel extract by Gee Williams read more...


Poetry


Abe
Maria Apichella read more...
The Silent Healer
Stuart Pickford read more...
Magical Uncles
Sarah Corbett read more...
These Three Young Ladies Have Come All the Way From Australia
Michael Conley read more...
He Was the Forgotten Thing
Kim Moore read more...
Acts of Volition and Message from Voyager 1 to Ed Stone
Annette C Boehm read more...
Craig y Nos
Natalie Holborow read more...
The First Giraffe in England
Clive McWilliam read more...
Pincer; Another Language
Annemarie Austin read more...





Reviews


Playing House by Katherine Stansfield
Vicky MacKenzie read more...

Quantum Poetics by Gwyneth Lewis
Vicky MacKenzie read more...

Advantages of the Older Man by Gwyneth Lewis
Amy McCauley read more...

Little Man by Richard James Jones
Amy McCauley read more...

A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
Suzy Ceulan Hughes read more...

Significance by Jo Mazelis
Dan Bradley read more...

The Girl Who Lived on Air: The Mystery of Sarah Jacob, The Welsh Fasting Girl by Stephen Wade
Carol Taaffe read more...

Inshallah by Alys Einion
Anne Lauppe-Dunbar read more...

The House of the Deaf Man by Peter Krištúfek
Philip Clement read more...

Hippy Dinners Abbie Ross
Alan Bilton read more...

William Wilkins David Fraser Jenkins (ed)
Tracey Warr read more...

The Redemption of Galen Pike and Other Stories Carys Davies
Angharad Penrhyn Jones read more...

Under An African Sky: A Journey to the Frontline of Climate Change Peter Hudson
Chris Moss read more...



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