If Turtles Listened to Jazz

If you were a turtle lady and you loved a turtle man It would not be odd in turtle-land if you had known the waves four hundred years and he another sixty-one; or he knew the beach for twenty, you the sand for forty-six; you each lost your turtle-hatchlings in the week you turned andContinue reading “If Turtles Listened to Jazz”

Robert Burns in Other Writing

In addition to poetry, I have written on travel, art and visual representations of Africa. I also have an affinity for suburban memoir. Here is my latest published piece, which appears in the Public Catalogue Foundation’s February newsletter: Painting in Focus: 103 True Faces of Robert Burns. The Public Catalogue Foundation has recently completed a decade-long project to catalogueContinue reading “Robert Burns in Other Writing”

20 Poems That’ll Shine for You

My first volume of poetry is now available for purchase via http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4110533-shining-in-brightness Enjoy the preview pages, then please share this exciting news on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the book’s ‘blurb’: “Shining in Brightness” presents twenty poems about loss, love and growing up in quiet suburbia. These poems chronicle a young woman’s journey from 18 to early adulthood.Continue reading “20 Poems That’ll Shine for You”

A Handmade Heart

Handmade Heart   I never got a heart kitsched out of plump red silk or fluffy between grinning paws   My heart was curved out of wire. Two little hands threaded rows of beads terracotta to brown sienna sky verde vermillion   in bedside light my wire-heart hangs glinting only for me.   2002 —Continue reading “A Handmade Heart”

The hummingbird stands for love

In old Dutch paintings a green-winged hummingbird might stand for love when it’s on the inside of a pane of glass. Hovering outside, it signifies the woman within has been betrayed. How would you know this were it not for the scholars and books? You would have to be Dutch from 1656. — In my notebook,Continue reading “The hummingbird stands for love”