The Burning Road

When I place my foot upon the burning road I feel the heat of fire. I feel the cool of fire when I hold my foot above the icy road. But this is my road and this is my fire and this is my foot. My foot longs for the burning road of fire. * …

The Women

Though the Borough of Camden has no forest, when the moon goes dark I hear the call and my heart feels sad for lack of women. I unwind myself towards the women. Like a thread, they pull me to the heart of the forest. From the elder and hawthorn and birch trees they call. I …

Bananas

Are they berries? Are they herbs? Are they good for you? Can they kill you? Yellow is the colour of sun rays. Yellow is the colour of my true love’s hair. Yellow is the colour of my energy. Yellow is the new black. How many in a pound? How many in a bunch? How many …

The Gold Berries

I ate the gold berries though the frosted green doctors told me no, though their eyes flashed their eyes flashed their eyes flashed with green vernissage. But I knew I’d never get me from the stump of the world if I listened to their emerald evergreen words. I’ve got a big rainbow to follow, said …

February in the Forest of Bones

I turn the heating up full whack and take my vitamin D. I wear jumpers knitted with wool and love. I think I’m safe, think I’ve made it through. But — You come. You put the sun in a cage. You fill the sky with elevator music. You strip skin from bone. You blow ice …

A Family Portrait

Today's NaPoWriMo prompt: I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family. You could also find an actual snapshot of your family and write a poem about it, spending a little bit of time on each person in …

She has forgotten

It's the first day of NaPoWriMo and I decided to launch straight in there with a piece of comics poetry. Inspired by tales of the selkies, I used material from a variety of sources: my own notebooks, the beauty section in Vogue magazine, and the folktales themselves. Once I had gathered my written material, I …