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Rhea Seren Phillips, Poet

Dr Rhea Seren Phillips studied for a PhD at Swansea University (2016-2020). Her research centred on the way in which the Welsh metrical tradition could be adapted to reinterpret the cultural identification of modern Wales.

Her debut collection, Grandiloquent Wretches, published by Boiled String and Hafan Books, was released in 2020. She has also published a pamphlet titled SHumbert SHumbert, published by The Literary Pocket Book (2020).

Rhea’s poetry and academic research has recently appeared in Molly Bloom, Tears in the Fence and Blackbox Manifold (2021). Previous publications (2017-2020) include: The Edge of Necessary: Welsh Innovative Poetry 1966 – 2018 published by Boiled String and Aquifer Press (October 2018), Molly Bloom, Poetry Wales , Envoi (Cinnamon Press) The Lonely Crowd, Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi: an exhibition of work by contemporary Surrealists (Cardiff Metropolitan University, February – April 2018), The Conversation and The Luxembourg Review (2017), among other publications. She has read for Molly Bloom (2020) and Multilingual Poetry – Tears in the Fence Festival 2020. Also, she has read at The Blackbox & CP&P Reading: Welsh Innovative Poetry (2021).

SHumbert SHumbert, Rhea Seren Phillips, published by The Literary Pocket Book, 2020.

Poems by Rhea

 

Hiraeth Turned Salty in the Pharynx

They rolled Hiraeth round their mouth like needles;

earmarked it for an allied nation to

conceal in homesickness, misconstruing

a weight that tears at the ligaments of our tongue.

 

Morgen Soused Sodium Within Muscles

An omniscient voice bellowed from the scud of obscurity.

Pinched, Morgen drank the message through mutinous gills,

saw shadows of paper boats emerge from the pother

and swam up to greet the rickety old things that had soldered

iron upon themselves like starfish; broken under their battle cry,

she whispered to a caustic wind that overwhelmed them.

A smile thick as cream made them into tin-pot diving bells

as the archaic language oxidises them with salt.

 

Visual Art by Mark Sanders

This poem-collage is part of a project conceived and edited by David Greenslade, titled Imagined-Invited.  Writers were invited to compose a poem in which they invite anyone from time and space.  At least one visitor should have a connection to Wales and, ideally, another game should be mentioned.  Many were invited.  In the end twenty-one poets took part.  Participating poets came from Canada (2), Czech Republic (1), Ireland (2), France (1), Romania ((4), Wales (9) and the USA (1). Poem by Rhea Seren Phillips. The poem is a loose Villanelle. The voices are Lynette Roberts (An Argentine poet who settled in Wales and used characteristics of the Welsh metrical tradition in her poetry; Rosie who is known as her peasant friend in her poetry; and, Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The poem considers class issues.

You can follow Rhea on Twitter @rhea_seren.

 

Keith Bayliss, Visual Artist

‘Keith Bayliss ‘ work is figurative and expressive – his motif, the human figure in the landscape. He works in a variety of mediums: pencil and ink on paper, oil on canvas, relief printing and more recently, small mixed media sculptural constructions’

“Bernard turned up to take photographs of me again, as in his words “an older artist”

We first met when I was organising the first Ceri Richards Festival, I was then Community Arts Officer at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Bernard was looking for an opportunity to use his photographs of Richards in his studio. The outcome was an opportunity for me to purchase, for the gallery, the photos of Richards and additional photographs of the wonderful small circle of artists and musicians associated with Dylan Thomas, who then became known as the Kardomah Gang.

Bernard’s “obsession” with the making of images of creatives, living and associated with Wales is now legendary. What many do not realise is that in his journeying through the landscape, studio to studio, Bernard has brought together artists and created opportunities.

Here he is again, this time in my kitchen, asking me what I am up to and I explain the drawings I found myself making in response to the troubles we are all sharing. I talk of an “installation” I want to create for a “Field of Souls”. Bernard immediate response was to offer ideas for who to contact and where to show. That’s Bernard.”

Words by Keith Bayliss

Swansea, September 2021

Hortus Conclusus / The Enclosed Garden by Keith Bayliss. 

You can learn more about Keith Bayliss’ practice via www.keithbayliss.co.uk