I think there are one or two poems that really ‘fit’ the direction my dissertation is taking. At the moment, I read ‘Welsh Espionage (V)’ and ‘Mother-Tongue’ at least once daily and it always sets off fireworks in my brain nodes.
These two poems really push me to ask about what gender language is given in certain contexts, how the body is constructed through poetry (especially in this reading below in which Lewis points to her own body during the reading, enacting it), and about the merging of Welsh and English in one hybrid meaning.
[Gwyneth Lewis reads two poems from In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce. Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe’s archive and DVD-books. ]