Publications and Reviews

Psalmody, Eyewear Publishing.

Cover_apichella.jpegThese hard-won, fragmented Welsh psalm-poems are a challenge and a delight to read, built on brokenness yet full of hope. Psalmody sings, and its song is rich and deep enough to touch despair and praise.

Michael Symmons Roberts

Psalmody announces a fresh and provocative new talent in Maria Apichella, who tackles questions of contemporary faith with the full power of her poetic voice and imagination. By turns plangent and defiant, tender and furious, plainspoken and beautifully figurative, these are absolutely psalms for the 21st century, shot through with a richly sensory daily life from which each poem emerges as a song of both celebration and struggle. At the same time the collection is an unputdownable story of love, conflict, and belief on multiple levels, and ultimately of the potential of language itself as a vehicle for transformation.

Tiffany Atkinson

These poems of love, faith and doubt are passionate and matter-of-fact at the same time, combining the sensuous details of everyday life with glimpses of the sacred and the eternal. It’s a combination that hasn’t been heard enough in British poetry, and never in this distinctive, musical voice.

Matthew Francis.

Psalmody is a book of love poems set against the backdrop of the landscape of Ceredigion. Maria Apichella adds a quality of hybrid variousness to those themes, however, by treating them with a poetic fashioned out of an American tradition of free verse open-endedness. Her rhythms and forms therefore introduce an adeptly judged interrogative and exploratory mode which keeps the poems always alive and responsive to the present moment.

Reviews of Psalmody

The Poetry School, 2017

God is making a comeback in contemporary poetry, and Psalmody should have an important place in that conversation.

New Welsh Review, 2017

Apichella’s poetry is brave. It is deeply honest. At times it is painfully confessional, to the point of blushing. It is a brave subject, too.

Paga, Cinnamon Press, 2015.

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Winner of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize 2014, adjudicated by Ian Gregson.

An original and compelling collection. There are jagged free verse rhythms, an expressionist colouring to the imagery, and a constant spiritual questioning, with a Jewish background. There is also a witty motif that presents a dialogue between ‘East’ and ‘West’ from an emerging poet to watch.

Reviews of Paga

London Grip, review by Kat Soni, 2015.

The real strength of the pamphlet comes from the uncompromising and often uncomfortable way in which it weaves loss with humour whilst staying deeply human, deeply humane, throughout.

New Welsh Review, Issue 109, Sophie Baggott

This is poetry which demands every fibre of concentration. It will make you frown, nod, smile, shiver, and – most importantly – think. The journey through the collection is fraught, but ultimately rewarding.

Poetry Wales, Spring, 2016, Jonathan Edwards

Paga, then, is a strong introduction to a new poet.

 

Poems in Journals

Poems in Anthologies

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Cheval 7: The Terry Hetherington Award Anthology 2014

Recordings of Readings

Here I am reading poems from Paga at Aberystwyth Arts Centre with Cinnamon Press, 2016. I am one hour in.

This is a recording of an unpublished poem, The Submarine. The film was made with XI Castello di Duino Poetry.

Here I am reading alongside George Hobson who inspired me to write from an early age. This was at a festival in Canterbury, Faith & The Aesthetic, 2011.