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John Davies

Writer and poet


John wins Third Prize in the 2020 Wales Poetry Award with his poem Caliban.

'Caliban is a passionate praise poem to vanishing beastness, to the sensory life of earth. Within its thicket-like stanzas we're offered a vision of nature as experienced by animals and the animal in us. This should be impossible to achieve, since we can't know the ineffable consciousness of an animal. But every time I read it out aloud–which it has to be read out loud–I felt as if I was taken on a journey experiencing a walk as a dog or a super-sensed human alert to every scent and texture. The fact that the 'manimal' is called Caliban adds infinite layers of meaning and association.'  Pascale Petit Judge Wales Poetry Award 2020


Nest—the North American edition of John's New and Selected Poems is now available from Red Hen Press and Amazon.  

‘This collection presents a nuanced web-work of familial experience, vivid and detailed, tracing an arc from a welcome to a newborn along to a greeting of parental spirits from the past. The natural world is richly observed ... in poems alive with colour, texture, and pace. A sparing use of rueful wit plus a varied and strong use of form further distinguish this exciting new collection.’    Penelope Shuttle