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 …

Dancing our way through a month of poetry

April is National Poetry Writing Month, AKA NaPoWriMo. Each April, people from all around the world set out to write a poem a day for 30 days. There is something wonderful about a creative challenge in which so many people from so many countries are involved. All that energy and focus; it's like being invited to a big …