POEM Nerys Williams

NWR Issue 108

Hands (after Geta Bratescu)

The personality of the hand
moves without charm.

Mindful of nothing except
the eyes’ frame.

between here and there.
The sudden space

an unoccupied table
notes to the future…

Born in Carmarthenshire and a Welsh speaker, Nerys Williams has published poems and critical essays widely (including Poetry Wales and Poetry Ireland). Her first volume, Sound Archive (Seren, 2011) was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis prize and won the Rupert and Eithne Strong first volume prize in 2012. Her work has recently been critically examined as part of the Devolved Voices project and in Alice Entwistle’s [i:In Her Own Words: Women Talking Poetry and Wales (Seren, 2014.) Nerys lectures in American Literature at University College, Dublin.

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