Tag: Poetry

Publication: Landfall Anthology

My poem ‘Evenstar’ has been published in Landfall: Anthology of New Writing from the Federation of Writers (Scotland) 2017. 

It can be purchased here – https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/members-publications/new-voices-press/


The Oak Tree

The tree still stands, your very own monument.
A well intended memorial yet incomplete,
the absence of the tree house conspicuous.

Its clawed arms lie upwards and empty,
questioning a deaf and clouded sky
and cloaking itself in leaves to overcompensate.

A magpie nests where we used to clamber,
hoarding its glittering treasures,
attempting to fill the void within itself.

I swear for a moment, I can see you
hanging by the tips of your scraped fingers,
a budding smirk on your earthy face –

but it’s gone just as quick,
the magpie’s beady eye meeting my gaze as if to say,
there’s some things you can’t replace.

Previously appeared on The Blue Nib, 2017.

On Her Sorry Tale

What does the moon truly symbolise?
It was the first piece of yours I read.
Its words hooked into my mind,
tiny mountaineers, leaving a trail of fear.
This lunar reflection of mine;
her effervescent eyes trapped
in your carefully constructed lines.

Her sonata a striking omen –
a reminder of my temporary status.
Its cautious lines threatened to slice,
to dice my exposed arteries.
Back then I read shapes from leaves,
begging for the moon to spare my life –
to allow me to emerge from her shadow.

Too fragile, I was a hatching egg,
unaware that soon I would break free
of my constricting cocoon,
seemingly made of granite.
Cracks began to appear
and that’s how I survived to remain here.

Previously appeared in Sarasvati (42), 2016.

Rapid-Fire Book Tag

To break up the monotony of poetry and Etsy posts, I thought I’d do one of these! Always been a bit of a sucker for them and I am currently cosied up on the sofa in my mermaid blanket with a Tatty Teddy mug of tea, pretending I’m being interviewed as if my opinion on books matter… ahhhhh bliss! 😛 I’ve nabbed this from the lovely Paperback Punk Rock.

Shall we commence?

E-book or physical book?

I get that e-books are practical and excellent and blahblahblah, but I just can’t. I am a physical book snob, I’m sorry. I love the smell, the feel, the look of them stacked up in my many many bookcases. I love that I can read in the bath without fear of frazzling an expensive device. I love rummaging through dog-eared musty copies in charity shops.

Online or in-store book shopping? 

Personally I love both. In-store book shopping for the scoping out new books, giving them a quick leaf through etc but ultimately buying online to save money after checking that the book isn’t in any of my local charity shops. (Wow, mentioned them twice already with only two questions – you’d think I was a cheapskate or something… oh wait, that is me all over!)

Trilogies or series?

Again, I’m a fan of both. For the most part, trilogies tend to be more well balanced but with the right author, a series is a thing of beauty. Just don’t drag out one story into twenty books for the sake of it, and we’re cool.

Heroes or villains?

I’m a sucker for a good villain. A hero is often only as good as their villain. Why should I root for someone if they’re facing a two dimensional prat? What is Batman without the Joker (or in fact so many of his iconic rogues gallery), or Harry Potter without Voldemort literally forming who he grows up to be?

A book you want everyone to read?

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. It’s just important, personal and perfect. One of those books I think all women in particular should read. The social dynamics of the girls at school was something I really related to. It’s been 7 years and I’m still trying to get my husband to read it, although I finally got him to read Rose Madder by Stephen King so I really can’t complain.

Recommend an underrated book?

Well there’s the aforementioned Rose Madder, a great story lost in the great sea of King novels. I can’t think of any other books, but I absolutely love the Immortal Rain series. A really beautiful manga and I’m still absolutely gutted that they stopped translating it into English.

The last book you finished?

I’ve recently been reading L. J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries and last finished Shadow Souls. Really liked it but wasn’t exactly expecting the series to head in that direction, especially after bingeing the TV show. Very different but in a good way.

The last book you bought?

I just bought The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory. I’ve followed her for years now and especially love her Tudor books, after being fascinated with them since I was about 8. Can’t wait to get stuck into it.

Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Oh I’ll use anything. I’ve used ribbons, post-it notes, tags from clothes, letters from the bank, empty crisp packets. While at university, the Norton anthology was so big that I used another book as a bookmark. I have no shame. Although I probably should.

Top 3 genres?

Gothic, historical fiction and poetry.

Borrow or buy?

Buy. Borrowing makes me incredibly uncomfortable. Plus, I’m big on rereading my favourites so I need them close to me forever!

Used books: yes or no?

What a foolish question. Nothing quite like a book with character.

Characters or plot?

That really depends. I can handle crappy characters if there’s a really fantastical plot that distracts enough, but for the most part I probably prefer good characters. It’s always a shame when a character starts to get on your nerves and ruins a good story. Some of the best novels have a simple plot but it’s the characters that are iconic – look at Jane Austen.

Long books or short?

Whatever suits the story, as long as the writing is good enough. So many books are bloated and full of their own self importance though.

Long or short chapters?

I really don’t mind, although long chapters have been responsible for many late nights and cups of tea I never quite got to make.

Name the first 3 books you think of…

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Ariel by Sylvia Plath and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Books that made you laugh or cry?

On the crying front, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Every time. The Cursed Child got me a few times too. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes made me both laugh and cry. Probably at the same time before spontaneously combusting. The Fault in Our Stars too… yeesh. I don’t know why I put myself through that one.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional worlds. Take me to Middle-earth, Narnia, Westeros, anywhere. A big fan of a fictional element being added to our world though like Harry Potter, makes it all the more magical in contrast.

Audiobooks: yes or no?

Never interested me. Too slow, I just want to fire on.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Guilty as charged. Total sucker. Worked out when it came to The Strings of Murder by Oscar De Muriel at least.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?

Probably TV. Game of Thrones and A Series of Unfortunate Events have especially wowed me.

A movie or TV show you preferred to its book?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Truman Capote’s story is so different that they’re hard to compare and I still love it, but the film is one of my all time favourites. Audrey Hepburn brings such a lovableness to Holly Golightly and I’m a sucker for the ending.

Series or standalones?

I love a good series. I have an addictive personality that way. I love to binge!

I wasn’t tagged so steal away if you’re interested. I hope you enjoyed by self-important book thoughts!

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Little Death

Little crescent moon –

Half formed, blanketed in black.
The phantom’s mask –

Your shrouded body
curls and unfurls like an old tapestry,

Contradicting your newness.
The shadow of you

Lurks in your dark stage,
a theatre so everyday

Yet so magical.
Enthralling, universal.

Trapped in a starless sky,
unaware of your impending freedom;

The murder scene you’ll leave behind
in your operatic debut.

The inkjet of blood that will not stop.

Previously appeared on Mothers Always Write.