Gwyneth Lewis

Poet

A woman in an orange coat standing in front of a large sculpture with her arms and legs crossed Gwyneth Lewis, by Madeleine Waller, 12 December 2005, NPG x131824, © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Poet and writer. Lewis was Wales's National Poet from 2005 to 2006, and won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod, 2012. She has published eight books of poetry in Welsh and English. Her first collection in English, Parables & Faxes won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize 1995 and Sparrow Tree (2011) won the Roland Matthias Poetry Award.

At two in the morning the strongest hug
Never touches the hurt. A mug
Looks promising but delivers less

From ‘Flyover Elegies’ in Atlanta Review (Spring/Summer 1998)

There were ructions: a language, she screamed,
should be for a lifetime. Too late for me

From ‘Mother Tongue’ in Chaotic Angels (Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books, 2005)