Erthygl: ‘Missing: Poetry in Future Wales’ – Poetry Wales

I was recently invited to write an article regarding the relationship of Welsh-language science fiction and poetry to a ‘Future / No Future’ themed issue of Poetry Wales. Noticing a lack of Welsh-language SF poetry, I considered how poetry and the poet was portrayed and discussed in Welsh-language fiction. The article discusses worlds where writing poetry, cynghanedd specifically, is undertaken by machines, age-old poets have disappeared in dystopian futures, and music appears the only playing field where both SF and poetry collides.

The issue is out now, filled with incredible poets, including a Scottish Gaelic poem by Harry Giles and others. Perfect Bank Holiday weekend read!

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Cefais wahoddiad yn ddiweddar i lunio erthygl i Poetry Wales, dan y thema ‘Dyfodol / Dim Dyfodol’, gan ‘sgrifennu am rôl barddoniaeth mewn cyd-destun ffuglen wyddonol. Digon prin yw barddoniaeth ffuglen wyddonol yn gyffredinol, heb son am yn y Gymraeg – cafwyd hyd i dim ond un gerdd o’r fath! Fodd bynnag, mae barddoniaeth yng Nghymru’n rhywbeth sy’n cael ei drafod mewn modd ddiddorol o fewn naratifau ffuglen wyddonol, gyda’r gynghanedd yn cael ei fewnbynnu i geg peiriant a beirdd yn diflannu heb i neb sylwi. 

Teimlir ar adegau nad oes gan lenorion ffuglen wyddonol fawr ddim i ddweud wrth feirdd, ac i’r gwrthwyneb, nad oes fawr o ddiddordeb gan y beirdd fentro i fyd ffuglen wyddonol! Cerddorion megis Alun Gaffey a Gwenno Saunders yw’r unig rai sy’n chwarae rhwng y ddau fyd, a thrafodir hynny’n fanylach yn ‘Missing: Poetry in Future Wales’.

Mae’r erthygl – sydd ymhlith gwledd o gerddi – yn y rhifyn diweddaraf, ac ar gael i’w phrynu nawr. 

 

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