David Urwin has never won the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry, nor the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry. In fact, he has never won any prize for poetry at all. Nevertheless, he sometimes has poems published in on-line magazines such as ‘I am not a silent poet’ and haiku published in ‘Blithe Spirit’, the journal of the ‘British Haiku Society’.
More importantly, he has a loyal and respectful following in south-west Wales where he regularly reads his work live, including his ‘performance poetry’. He believes that anyone who likes poetry will find something within these pages to make him/her think, smile, cry or even laugh.
‘Plain Song from the Backstreets of Silence’ is David Urwin’s second collection of poetry, following ‘Towards Humanity’, (Pinewood Press, 2015). He recommends reading the poems out loud, and disturbing the silence… for just a little while.