At the heart of the structure of this collection is a juxtaposition between locks and the red kite. But which kind of lock? And which kind of kite? They wrestle their meanings. Just as the collection wrestles with the Anthropocene we’ve made, just as the poet wrestles with Anglo–Welsh / Welsh / Borders / Gororau identity, just as there’s space given on borders for languages to bleed. In all this, the collection looks to answer ‘Who speaks for [the] Wales[es of Maldwyn]?’
A maker, worker, and writer, Ben is the critically acclaimed author of the novel Purefinder . He has written for New Statesman, Dead Ink Books, and Welsh National Opera to name a select few. He is the co-founder of Labour for indyWales, he lives in the area of Powys he’s from, and this is his first poetry collection. Ben lives in Powys, Wales.