Coed Cae Claer – Helen May Williams
Lucid, linguistically dextrous, and woven through with Welsh phrases, and words and passages in French, this exquisitely observed sequence of haiku and haibun was written during lockdown, though only refers to Covid elliptically. There is nothing obvious here—instead there are connections—with nature, with relationships, with what is lost and what is saved.
Helen May Williams lives in South West Wales. Formerly she taught at the University of Warwick and as Helen May Dennis wrote extensively on twentieth-century fiction and poetry. She is the author of June: a biographical novel (Cinnamon Press 2020), Catstrawe (Cinnamon Press 2019) and The Princess of Vix (Three Drops Press 2017). Her parallel text translation of Michel Onfray’s Before Silence is published by The High Window Press (2020). During lockdown she participated in a befriending-by- phone project, which resulted in a publication with co- authors Dominic Williams and Mel Perry: Hold the Line (People Speak Up 2021).