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Rhys Owain Williams

Rhys Owain Williams

Born: September 03 1987 in Swansea, Wales
Resides: Swansea, Wales

Rhys Owain Williams is a writer from Swansea, Wales. His haiku have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Wales Haiku Journal, bottle rockets and Graffiti. In 2011, he was one of forty poets to be featured in Wales' first ever national anthology of haiku poetry Another Country (Gomer), and in 2015 some of his haiku were unveiled as part of a permanent public art project at Morriston Hospital, commissioned by Art in Site and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Rhys is an editor of The Crunch multimedia poetry magazine, and is a Hay Festival Writer at Work. His first poetry collection, That Lone Ship, was published by Parthian in 2018.

Books Published:

That Lone Ship, 2018, Parthian Books.

Selected Work
abandoned churchyard―
cairns of broken headstones
shaded by alder leaves
smothered in cream,
she does not see the plum I gave her
was bruised
perched on telephone wire,
a lone crow caws
across the silent field
cracking old tarmac
on the tree-cleared boulevard―
the memories of roots
bolt without thunder―
from a loose flagstone,
a shot of old rainwater
clouds gather―
an old man empties a bag of rock salt
that looks like snow


“abandoned churchyard “– The Haiku Calendar 2016, Snapshot Press, 2015; “smothered in cream“ - bottle rockets #36, February 2017; “perched on telephone wire“ - Wales Haiku Journal, Spring 2018; “cracking old tarmac“; “bolt without thunder“;“from a loose flagstone“;“clouds gather“ – Wales Haiku Journal ("The Walk to Work", haibun), Autumn 2018.

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