A poem from ‘Clueless Dogs’ by Rhian Edwards

For today’s extract we offer you a poem from Rhian Edwards’ Forward Prize-shortlisted debut collection Clueless Dogs. The xx board are all massive fans of this Bridgend poet, and feel it can’t be long before the rest of the world is too. Rhian will be performing in the New Poets session of xx minifest on Saturday 27th October 2012.

Parents’ Evening

We feel she may be cheating
at reading and spelling.
She has failed to grasp the planets
and the laws of science,
has proven violent in games
and fakes asthma for attention.
She is showing promise with the Odyssey,
has learned to darn starfish
and knitted a patch for the scarecrow.
She seems to enjoy measuring rain,
pretending her father is a Beatle
and insists upon your death
as the conclusion to all her stories.

Rhian Edwards is a dazzling performance poet and singer-songwriter who has appeared at over 300 festivals and events in the UK and abroad. She won an unprecedented double in the John Tripp Spoken Poetry competition in 2012, both the audience and the judges’ prizes. Her first collection of poetry, Clueless Dogs, has just been nominated for the Felix Dennis First Collection section of this year’s prestigious Forward Poetry Prizes. Her poems bristle with sensual wit, chronicling her childhood in Bridgend, south Wales, and her relationships with family, friends and lovers. Her eye for vivid details and talent for a dark tone are offset by a sly satirical humour and a true gusto for experience.


Seren’s Poetry Editor Amy Wack hosts readings and discussion with three poets who have just published their first collections: Forward Prize-shortlisted Rhian Edwards, Orange/Harper’s Bazaar short story competition winnerAnna Lewis, and John Tripp Award winner Emily Hinshelwood.


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