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Nigel Jenkins

Nigel Jenkins

1949 - January 28, 2014

Nigel Jenkins was born on a farm in Gower, Wales, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the English Midlands before returning home to work as a freelance writer and lecturer. He taught creative writing at Swansea University.

Awards and Other Honors: Welsh Arts Council Young Poets Prize (1974); Eric Gregory Award [for poetry] (1976); John Morgan Writing Award (1991). His book about Welsh missionaries in northeast India, Gwalia in Khasia (Gomer, 1995), won the Wales Book of the Year award in 1996. He was elected to the Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain as a druid (1998).

Books Published: Practical Dreams (Galloping Dog Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1983); Acts of Union: Selected Poems 1974-1989 (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 1990); Ambush (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 1998); Blue [101 haiku, senryu and tanka] (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2002); Hotel Gwales (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 2006); O For a Gun [101 haiku and senryu] (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2007); Gwalia in Khasia (Gwasg Gomer, Llandysul, 1995); Wales: the Lie of the Land [with the photographer Jeremy Moore] (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 1996); Footsore on the Frontier: Selected Essays and Articles (Gomer Press, 2001); Through the Green Door: Travels Among the Khasis (Penguin, India, 2002); The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales [edited, with John Davies, Menna Baines and Peredur I. Lynch] (University of Wales Press, 2008); Gwyddoniadur Cymru Yr Academi Gymreig [gol. Gyda John Davies, Menna Baines a Peredur I. Lynch] (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, Caerdydd, 2008); Real Swansea [a work of psychogeography about his home town] (Seren Books, 2008); Gower [with the photographer David Pearl] (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 2009).

Selected Work
the barmaid I once
craved – creased now, like me,
and double chinned
on the porch
                       her empty rocker
rocked now by the breeze
black Lab puppy
dodging the waves; there’s time, still,
to outlive a dog
mobile in right hand,
she trades sweet nothings
as her left scoops poop
no one about yet
except me and a rat –
who knows I’m trouble
she turns on long legs
away from the bar: not as
beautiful as feared

Credits: "the barmaid I once" - O For a Gun (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2007); "black Lab puppy" - Gower (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 2009); "no one about yet" - O For a Gun (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2007); "on the porch" - Blue (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2002); "mobile in right hand" - O For a Gun (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2007); "she turns on long legs" - Blue (Planet Books, Aberystwyth, 2002).

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