David Ralph Lewis

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02 Sep 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: the land completes its evolution/shimmers and sways/outside of space and time/ the logical endpoint/so we party

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

I have a poem up on the wonderful Ink, Sweat and Tears! Thanks so much to them for featuring it. It’s called Ceasefire and is a little more grim than usual. Find it here

I’m glad things are opening up again. I performed at a real life open mic last week and it was glorious. The...

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Art as Play

19 Aug 2021 Category: creativity

I’ve spent a lot of this year consciously learning what was previously unconscious. I lost faith in my writing, so I took a lot of workshops and attempted to figure out exactly what I am doing. For about five years, I’ve been writing poetry and still feel a certain level of imposter syndrome, not really knowing what I am doing. Taking workshops has been an attempt to relearn what I already know on some level, while also attempting to implement the rules of poetry so I can do it ‘properly’ (whatever that means.)

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Towards the Light

18 Aug 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: I unfurl over time/ holding the soft heartbeat of tomorrow

Taken from Crack Magazine, August 2021.

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Free Fall

10 Aug 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: I am mobbed by/moments of weightlessness/ pulled in all directions at once

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

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Half Awake

04 Aug 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: after a sleepless night/the hidden structures are unforgiving/ yet something comfortable remains

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

I’m delighted to have a small poem in the space issue of Feral Poetry. It’s a weird little one about entropy. Find it here. Thanks so much to the editors.

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Falling Ash

13 Jul 2021 Category: erasure poetry

Erasure poem: Shooting stars collide/with whispers of fog/ and escape

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

In rare personal news, I got engaged over the weekend to my partner of seven years, Mel. I’m ridiculously happy

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Hiding in Embers

13 Jul 2021 Category: erasure poetry

In shuffling smoke/ I have lost myself. In the disparate wildfire/ I felt intertwined/ and irrational.

Taken from Crack Magazine, May 2021.

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Rustle

02 Jul 2021 Category: poetry

It starts with a whisper,
muttered half phrases
and small slanders shaking
leaves, pushing wind chimes
into gentle collisions.

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Fragments of Cloud Speech

28 Jun 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: our lives are filled with/these snippets of sky/ that state silence/ and linger

Taken from Secret Meeting Issue Nine, May 2021.

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Gathering

23 Jun 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: he yearns to shapeshift into the storm/ clouds rasp unsettling promises

Taken from Crack Magazine, May 2021.

Sledgehammer Magazine have featured a very strange poem of mine on their website. Thanks so much to them, find it here.

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No Neutral Stories

21 Jun 2021 Category: politics

There’s a certain section of the population who tend to get furious when a tv show or film casts anyone but straight white dudes. These people tend to be right wing straight white dudes who twist themselves into knots to argue any casting that diverges from their demographic is political. Or some such nonsense. It happened with the Ghost Busters remake in 2016, so much so that one of it’s main stars, Leslie Jones, was bullied off Twitter. It has only really got worse since then.

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Beautiful Entropy

15 Jun 2021 Category: erasure poetry

https://youtu.be/yIHC-ZMhmHM

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Shaped by Ghosts

07 Jun 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: phantasmagorias reimagine the lanscapes dissonance meets us at home -- and it sounds magnificent

Taken from the reviews page of Crack Magazine, May 2021.

Fevers of the Mind have featured two of my poems. Find them here. Thanks so much to the editor, David L O’Nan.

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Thanks, Autocorrect

04 Jun 2021 Category: poetry

This was written in a slow single waltz
before the next one

This morning I feel like a strange conversation
with the discomfort of my head
and the contact of your language is a way to make sure
This morning is the first time I’ve been maintaining the water
finally and the seed is going to go with your advice
This morning I have a refund for my part time job in London
and I have been told that the rhythm of your language is a better man than I

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The early bird catches the worm

02 Jun 2021 Category: poetry

CW: Very brief allusion to suicidal thoughts

The early bird catches the worm
from a chain coffee shop, is rude
and dismissive to the barista,
pecks down the wriggling body
and a double espresso before
zipping off to a day of meetings
and spreadsheets. The early bird
meets all their deadlines, demands
100 percent attendance at every meeting
they organise, no excuses, blocks off
time in a colour-coded, neat, hand-drawn
calendar that they make every Sunday
night in preparation for the week ahead.

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