David Ralph Lewis

Poet and Author

Photo taken by Sam Cavender @samsnapsalot
Photo taken by Sam Cavender

I'm a poet and short story writer based in Bristol, UK, whose work has been nominated for the Forward Prize and has appeared in Neon Magazine, Nine Muses Poetry and Marble Poetry. My first poetry chapbook, Our Voices in the Chaos, was published by Selcouth Station in October 2019. I self published a second tiny pamphlet in October 2020 called Refraction.

I have a number of other books available, including three that are free to download. Go here to browse and download. On this website, I maintain a blog about writing, art and politics as well as any other random topic. Often I scrawl over newspapers to create erasure poetry.

When not writing, I enjoy dancing badly at gigs, attempting to grow vegetables and taking photos. I understand a very, very small amount of what is going on in the world.

You can follow me on: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Or you can contact me here. I'm available for readings, commissions or anything else.

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Recent Posts


02 Sep 2021

erasure poem: the land completes its evolution/shimmers and sways/outside of space and time/ the logical endpoint/so we party

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

I have a poem up on the wonderful Ink, Sweat and Tears! Thanks so much to them for featuring it. It’s called Ceasefire and is a little more grim than usual. Find it here

I’m glad things are opening up again. I performed at a real life open mic last week and it was glorious. The downside of actually being around people is that I caught a cold for the first time in about two years. I’m just glad it wasn’t Covid.

Art as Play

19 Aug 2021

I’ve spent a lot of this year consciously learning what was previously unconscious. I lost faith in my writing, so I took a lot of workshops and attempted to figure out exactly what I am doing. For about five years, I’ve been writing poetry and still feel a certain level of imposter syndrome, not really knowing what I am doing. Taking workshops has been an attempt to relearn what I already know on some level, while also attempting to implement the rules of poetry so I can do it ‘properly’ (whatever that means.)

Towards the Light

18 Aug 2021

erasure poem: I unfurl over time/ holding the soft heartbeat of tomorrow

Taken from Crack Magazine, August 2021.