David Ralph Lewis

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Helix

11 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY magazine, December 2020.

I have a whole zodiac of new erasures over at Welcome to Bear Creek. It’s a dark new lit mag based around a strange town. There’s so many cool writers and artists involved, go check it out.

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2020: A Playlist

08 Jan 2021 Category: year in review

I’m going to be featured in an upcoming anthology from Fevers of the Mind. The editor, David L O’Nan, asked for suggestions for a playlist of the music of 2020 whilst he was compiling it. So although last year is receding fast1 , here are some songs that I enjoyed.

1. The Mountain Goats- Amy Aka Spent Gladiator 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sNakKm3Pr0

I mean, does it need further explanation? I got into this band in a big way this year and would find myself singing this chorus at inopportune times.

2. Low- Spanish Translation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0TJrlemmVQ

Double Negative was...

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Call it what it is

07 Jan 2021 Category: politics

Due to the sickening events of yesterday in the USA, I found myself thinking back to when I was studying Weimar Germany in A level history. My main question at the time was ‘Did no one realise what was happening?’ The answer is of course people did, but it was ignored by the leaders. By the time any action was taken it was too late.

The violent attempt to suppress democracy yesterday is the culmination of years of slow creep, a radicalisation in America built around a cult of personality. Fascism, pure and simple. An attempt at a coup to...

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Gradual

04 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY magazine, December 2020.

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So Long 2020

01 Jan 2021 Category: year in review

Usually at the end of the year I write a little summary of what happened in the world at large. (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.) This year I really struggled. How do you summarise what has happened this year, other than a absence? It’s been terrible in so many ways. The pandemic has turned everything on it’s head and thousands of people have died unnecessarily through our government’s inaction. Let alone all the other problems that this virus has highlighted as deep rifts within our society.

Personally, I’ve been anxious a lot of the year. I feel...

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Auld Lang Syne

31 Dec 2020 Category: this was meant to be the future

We were meant to be children of the stars now, Richard thought to himself as he buttoned up his coat. Humans were meant to have escaped this lonely planet and headed out into the void. We were meant to be interplanetary trans dimensional demi-gods by now. Or so the stories and films promised us. Instead, we are all trapped on this dark planet, watching the chaos get worse. Every day, another headline about a corrupt politician or science gone wrong or children roaming the streets causing violence and destruction. It was getting worse by the day.

Richard left his tiny...

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Corruption

17 Dec 2020 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from The Guardian letters page.

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Red Ink: Damien Donnelly

16 Dec 2020 Category: red ink

This a series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. Today we have Damien Donnelly, who kindly invited me onto his podcast Eat the Storms in November. Listen to that here. Today we reflect on the writing process of his Pushcart nominated poem, Tattered Brown Trousers.


Tattered Brown Trousers

Father ate all the flowers
in the back garden
because he couldn’t swallow
the promise of happiness
blooming within the home
he couldn’t find his root within.

Father left all...

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Winter Woods

14 Dec 2020 Category: photos




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Circulation

04 Dec 2020 Category: poetry

We are unified euphoria,
one organism joined together,
twitching, harmonising, swaying.

We dance with the same body.
Our heart it beats as one.

We combine to exalt the music,
exalt the beat and exalt the bass,
exalt our limbs, our skin, our sweat.

We dance with the same body.
Our heart it beats as one.

then my stomach lunges
like a rabid dog
and I remember.

We dance with the same body.

and I try to push my way out
but flesh becomes a wall
and I am...

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Red Ink: Amanda Miller

02 Dec 2020 Category: red ink

This a new series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. Today we have Amanda Miller, an amazing poet who shares poems and prompts over on her Instagram Page @lemondaisypoety. One of her prompts inspired a poem that ended up in my pamphlet Refraction. Today we are discussing a brand new poem of hers.


Portrait

By Amanda Miller
Inspired by Portrait by Antonio Machado

My history begins with a familiar frost, turning from the sun—
A childhood that is full of faceless wounds...

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Technical Support

24 Nov 2020 Category: this was meant to be the future

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Red Ink: Pauline Sewards

20 Nov 2020 Category: red ink

This a new series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. Today we have Pauline Sewards, a fantastic poet I met through her night Satellite of Love. I’d urge you to buy *Today we are discussing one of the poems from her debut collection. Spirograph, published by Burning Eye books.


Pride

Mary says she didn’t know what a rainbow flag was
until a woman with a glorious voice raised one at the Albert Hall.

She said she was just a fat queer from Kansas, Mary says
with...

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Red Ink: Barry Hollow

17 Nov 2020 Category: red ink

This is the start of a new series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. I’m delighted to start with Barry Hollow, a fantastic poet and all round great bloke who I met through Bristol Tonic.


Faith, Hope and Flames of Indifference

you are recently deceased again brother
rested in peace
I always hope, to not let you burn and feel
the lights go out
in your mother’s cavernous heart and
creation inspires cremation
out of ashes, charcoal drawn
from the...

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Me Me Me

13 Nov 2020 Category: publications

I’ve been lucky to get lots of stuff out in various places so this is a collection of links to my words elsewhere on the internets:

  • I have three poems in the latest issue of Neon Magazine. One is about parallel universes, one is about a comet and the other is about a potential future. Neon was one of the first literary magazines I read, so it’s a real honour to be included in this issue.

  • The Daily Drunk Magazine published a very silly poem of mine called Advertorial. It was the quickest acceptance I’ve...

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