“Bristling with vivid imagery, vibrant language and powerful emotions, these poems are not afraid to challenge conventional boundaries in poetry as in life. Ynygordna is a fresh and striking selection of poems, encompassing a bold and brave exploration of gender, sexuality and love within and against societal expectations.”
Sarah Leavesley, V. Press Prize for Poetry Judge
Ynygordna is very ardent and very versatile.
Winner of the V. Press Prize for Poetry 2019
A sample poem can be found below.
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Scream what needs to be said: the labels
found on ver body are engrained in our minds,
not ver skin.
Take pride in fingers that move two at once
and sex that sings in newborn cells
in the amygdala of closet mannequins.
There is urgency in a body that does not
align with walls it sleeps within,
animated suddenly in a light not blurred
by straight-lined articles.
Ve meets me in a place
where thumbprints are moulded in mercury;
the blood of clouds runs with ver, neither
disappearing into sky nor wandering
Ve is between the lines of my favourite poem,
the blank page in the introduction fated
to be folded and scribbled.
in strips of jock-strap clips:
trimmed fingernails trace letters of wildfire
in scripts made louder than the sirens
of a bordering wall.
"[...] The juxtaposition of hate and anger with the safety of pure, fluid love, is what sustains this work: I felt the contrast drew me in, and amplified the anguish communicated through the poems.
[...] There is much that is strong and powerful in Ynygordna, which explores many contrasts, not just between love and hate, but also the battle between persecution and acceptance — ignorance and understanding."
Vic Pickup, OPOI review on Sphinx Reviews, full review here