Christina Thatcher talks about how writing helped her overcome a difficult upbringing and led to her moving from the US to South Wales. In the six years she has been in Cardiff she has put herself at the heart of the creative writing and spoken word scene and completed a powerful collection of poems about coping with the loss of her father. She reads from this and other work and challenges listeners to write a poem about mundane things. You can post your responses here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read another of Christina's poems here.
You can also hear the abuse poem I wrote in response to Reuben Woolley's prompt on the last podcast and you can read it on the Writers for Calais Refugees site here.
Christina Thatcher is a poet, writer and educator from Philadelphia. She moved to Cardiff six years ago and is proud to call South Wales home. She will be my guest on the next podcast coming up shortly. Here is one of her poems:
reading poetry on the train -
quiet and, as the morning slips by,
blue and fleeting, you find me.
Even in the ordinary things
you find me. I buy a sandwich,
crumple its wrapper to drown out
the sound of your laugh, the sight
of your beer belly, the smell
of a piss-stained carpet. I gulp
some water and remember your
Adam's apple, how it bulged out
of your neck before I moved away.
I look around the train at the people
Cusp - Tic Tac Toe Tom_A - Indie is dead The psychotic reaction - what's under the stairs? The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire Aidan Smith - happiness is a warm gun People Like Us and Ergo Phizmiz - A Chase posthaste The Kazoo Funk Orchestra - Munky Nutz Alex Millar - Lament for Tampon Boy Sophie Hannah - No Ball Games Matt Widgery - The Clock Ticks David Harsent - Toffee Portico Quartet - Kontiki Expedition Jet Jaguar - news Joanna Newsom - What we have known Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - The Magician's Assistant Drew Moon - Erogenous Zone Charles Billard - Cloneliness (half hour mix) Dion Mcgregor - Midget City Muxu - Seeing Snow in Summer