Dai George


The Counterplot

Praise for The Counterplot

The Claims Office

Praise for The Claims Office

A really fresh and ambitious voice, celebrating the local without sentimentality, and tackling major matters of political vision, faith and scepticism, loyalty and self-knowledge, with assurance and sharp wit, and a brilliant metaphorical repertoire.

Rowan Williams

Dai George seems to me to offer something new to Welsh, and to British poetry. In fact, perhaps the poet he most reminds me of is the leading Northern Irish poet of the newer generation, Alan Gillis, not in terms of direct stylistic commonalities, but in that both these poets can and do switch successfully between a higher, lyrical style and something closer to demotic narrative.

Roddy Lumsden

A brilliant new voice in British poetry whose debut is rich with Welsh wit, lyricism and spirituality. A little gem, full of promise.

Dan Jones, an Evening Standard book of the year

Appears in

Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the United Kingdom
Best British Poetry 2013
Best British Poetry 2011
The Salt Book of Younger Poets

Selected poems

Three poems in The White Review

'Poem in which my hairline recedes', from Poems in Which, Issue 9

'Claimant', Poem of the Week in Guardian Online, October 19 2015

'Poem on 27th Birthday', from Prac Crit, Issue 1

'Mergers and Acquisitions', reprinted in Prac Crit, Issue 1

'My Ambition, the Rival', from Boston Review online, November 13 2013

'The George', reprinted by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

‘Referendum on Living’, from Poetry Review, Volume 103, No 2, Summer 2013

‘Hymn to Technique’, from Transom, Issue 5

Selected articles

'Reflections of a Poet in a School', review and think piece on Kate Clanchy's England anthology for the Poetry Review

Review of Nick Makoha's Kingdom of Gravity for The White Review

'The Transcendent Field', review of Harmony Holiday and Tyehimba Jess for the Poetry Review

'Pushing through to Redemption', review of Luke Kennard and Helen Mort for Poetry London

Poetry Wales review of Jeremy Noel-Tod's The Whitsun Wedding Video

Boston Review article on the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist

Boston Review essay on Toby Martinez de las Rivas and Geoffrey Hill

Ambit review of Chris McCabe's Speculatrix

Wales Arts Review essay, a close reading of Dannie Abse's 'Return to Cardiff'

Boston Review blog on Sad Pizzazz (or debut collections from Heather Phillipson, Amy Key and Camellia Stafford)

Boston Review blog on Best British Poetry 2013

New Welsh Review blog article on Then Spree by Nia Davies

Poetry Wales essay on younger British poets

New Welsh Review blog article on two collections, Moor Music by Mike Jenkins and Zen Cymru by Peter Finch

Boston Review article on Identity Parade, a recent generational anthology of British poetry from Bloodaxe, edited by Roddy Lumsden

Guardian Online article about Gwyn Thomas, the great Welsh novelist

Boston Review article on Don Paterson’s Rain

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Other criticism not currently available online has appeared in New Welsh Review, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Review and Poetry Wales. An academic article building on my PhD research is forthcoming in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 

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