Poetry Spotlight: Bethan Laurels
Nature has long roused artists and creatives. In this series meet our collaborative poet Bethan and enjoy her evocative, coast-inspired work.
Get to know Bethan:
"Nature, the internal love we have for it and the ways in which we connect outwardly continually inspire me. Sharing the view of my eyes and heart through words is the true expression of my soul, imagination and heart. The pondering of this world we are in. A world I love to watch.
"I have studied and worked in arts and education for over ten years developing my creative practice in a range of ways. Through this has come the sharing of my poetry. On times combined with my arts through a mix of displays and interactive installations. This has happened around Cornwall and at festivals alongside mentoring writers. A few years ago I had the honour of aiding Dunkirk refugee camp for a month and sharing my poem, Just Be, in twenty languages. I look forward to what the future brings as our worlds start to open again.
"The work I am sharing with Dynamic Dunescapes links to the environment in which their wonderful work takes place. On my website you will see an expansive mix of my writing and photography. Enjoy!"
- Bethan Laurels / Poetry I
We will be sharing a series of five of Bethan's coast-inspired poems over the coming weeks.
The first of which, is 'The Sands'
Down to the coast
To the sands
Tracing prints of birds, dogs; you.
The rambling man
Where sun trails
Pour over bronzed skin
Meandering deep dunes
These golden grains of life
Turned by tales made and yet to arrive
Shaping sands that move with the soul
Paved by wailing winds and waves
Travels chased and called
Singing, yes, yes my love, be our shadows
Move with the breeze
Dance with the sun's light we have seized
The call of toads
The song of birds
The whispering grasses
Chanting as you stroll
Up, up, up
Across, over and down
Creating trails and sounds
You, the rambling man
A note from Bethan:
'Written for Dynamic Dunes and inspired by the wonderful location I've wandered many times, Upton Towans, Cornwall.'
About the Author
Bethan's background is in arts and education, and as well as producing poems, her creative practice has also included combining her arts through a mix of displays and interactice installations. aand her work is continually inspired by nature, the internal love that many of us have for it, and the many ways we connect with it.