Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2023: Branta ammi o Melaman

I’m deaf, therefore I sing to you
with other senses melding multiple
sensations swell to burst in air
tonguing texture-coloured scent
imagined notes and timbres make new forms of sound
forge vocables from heart, gut, lungs.
I word the world I feel, see, smell and breathe
moulding warmed air with glottis, tongue and lips.
Music flows through me as I touch the tones
of brass, flame, leaves, water, velvet, copper glow.
Branta ammi o melaman. Lambass see anakana
Borrom bee baranta. Cramboosh ee hemanah-a foom
Mipann ohl morandine. Vorant esa, eel manesta
Manta whanal seecan. Onh een fanteen haan arassa
In rhugam millanish. Rantusha rahr sormand
Franting ah brantezan. Frunanda pondoran oolan.

Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2023 Winners

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Anna Powell

Anna is retired as a Reader in Literature, Film and Critical Theory (MMU). She lives on Ynys Môn where she writes and performs poetry. She studied at the Poetry School. Her poems explore the possibilities of sense-perception beyond limits (she’s deaf), ecopoetics, and change. Her special interest is experimental sound poetry that reconnects and extends sensory limitations, in performance with a group of artists, musicians and dancers.

A special thank you to our WordView 2023 poets.

Here's what our PAN Wordview 2023 judges have to say about this year's competition. Robert Seatter, says "ever a joy and a privilege to co-judge the Poetry Archive Now annual competition, tapping into a pulse of thought and feeling from around the globe, condensed into intensely crafted poems. The entries came from all continents, covered myriad themes, spoke in different voices, but all shared a fundamental belief in the power of poetry to speak from the soul."

Courtney Conrad says "the poets who participated in this competition reminded us that poetry is a tool for change, a medium for reflection, and a source of inspiration. These poets have left an indelible mark on me and the world, and I can't wait to see how their words continue to shape our collective consciousness in the future."

Merrie Joy Williams says "The Poetry Archive is such an indispensable resource - the idea that a poem read in a poet’s own voice can outlast those seemingly endless moments tinkering until a poem feels right, or at least robust enough to convey a memory or insight - so exploring these entries was a privilege and joy. Selecting a final twenty was tortuous. So many captured the spirit of these times, when so many things are at risk of erosion or at a critical juncture: the environment, the misuse of AI, truthfulness, the modus operandi of those who run our countries, and issues of social justice and humanity. Others captured personal moments of reckoning in bold and intimate and surprising ways. Somehow we’ve managed to narrow them down and here we have, I think, a wide range of voices and approaches, personal and political, national and international, witty and wise, often proving that these dialectic notions are one and the same."

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