Issue 120,

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New Welsh Reader 120, Summer 2019


Editorial:


Jumping Frogs (Emily Blewitt)



I write this twenty-eight weeks into pregnancy. I write while sitting in my living room, surrounded by the detritus of baby preparations and poetry submissions. There is our second-hand Moses basket on a rocker; a book of Welsh baby names; some inherited knitted blankets that my grandmother made; here are the poetry submissions for issue number 120, printed and spread out upon the carpet. The baby moves – it’s like what Leontia Flynn called the turning whale in the smoky bay – and I shift into a wide-legged stretch, legs a V, toes pointed to the sky, with the bump at my centre of gravity, as I survey the pile spread before me. Every now and again, I feel a kick. Approval, perhaps, of what I’m reading; or just sensation. The baby is flexing its muscles, testing its strength, exploring and experiencing its uterine environment. I read and type, occasionally adjusting position, stroking my belly. I frown in concentration...

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