cat eyes and the tragedy of mother

Could I marry these two sharp silences? These yellow balls that burn in stare and purr beneath deep where the world is simple. Are they cat eyes or a brace of griefs fresh from the hunter’s recreation? Will they say, I do? Two ochre brides with their black faces and their undercurrent of woe. Cat [...]


September Poem

It would have been my parents' 50th wedding anniversary today. September 4th (someone’s wedding anniversary)   The graveyard has no heart or history                       a terrible now of poor hours              of sidelined souls.   I am frantic with disquiet and sudden memory                     dreaming of him              younger           his eye falling on other flowers pink poppies                all [...]

April Poems

Leaving April Woman, willow-stooped and worm-wed, her voice spilt shadow, leaving April in soured knots and velvet. Sad-burst, her bluebell breasts they fade forgetting her silence and her song. Too pink, her buds for blooming too late to die. Farewell, her dumb sun on a child wind, the rising of dusty muscle her dry water [...]

March Poems

March Morning Out of winter, grief-dusted and new sun, March morning tears hyacinths from the sky. I rise, bright-boned and rotted bud, sick of myself, of love, of blood. I rub red writing onto my skin.        I am not dead just numb and a fist, a balcony’s edge where the bride waves thin, all [...]


A summary of my year in poetry: I was very pleased to have 29 poems published. The year started with a poem in Helen Ivory's excellent 'ink sweat & tears' and finished with three in Josephine Corcoran's equally excellent 'And Other Poems'. I was especially pleased to be included in 2 Scottish e-zines, 'The Open [...]

‘Of Luminous Bones’ & ‘A Gentle Nihilism’

I am very pleased to say that 'Throats Full of Graves' is now available for purchase through Lapwing Publications website. In addition, I have received two wonderful reviews of the book. The first is from the Irish poet, Chris Murray, and you can read it at her website Poethead. I enjoyed very much her eloquent reaction [...]