Hiraeth: Featuring My Poem, Blood and Water

Hiraeth, the new anthology of poetry, story and artwork, explores the meaning of the Welsh word for which there is no direct English translation. ‘Hiraeth’ is “a longing for a home that is lost to us, or perhaps never was. A grief for the lost places of our past. In these times of deep change, the meaning of hiraeth calls to our essential connection to the land and our place within it.”

I am incredibly pleased to feature in the collection, alongside an array of contributors from around the world. My poem, Blood and Water, was borne from a lot of time spent by the sea during 2020.

It’s an exploration of what it means to feel at home in your body, what it means to bleed, the perception of autonomy, and embracing our place within the cycles of nature. It’s about how we make peace with the life and death, the give and take, that we feel inside, and how we make sense of the ebb and flow of our most intimate home. It also means whatever you want to take from it.

The anthology’s editor, Ceda Parkinson, has done an incredible job with the book and I’m so proud to be included alongside all the other artists and creators. If you’d like to get your hands on your own copy, Hiraeth is now available to purchase online here.

I’d love to hear what you think of the poem and if you decide to pick up the anthology. Please do let me know in the comments, or follow me on Twitter (@HannahDurham_) where I post updates about anything I’m working on at the moment.

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