Places of Poetry anthology

I’m thrilled to announce The Places of Poetry anthology, edited by Andrew McRae and Paul Farley will be launched on 1st October, National Poetry Day 2020.

My poem Crows was inspired by Haslam Park in Lancashire; and by my experiences of otherness and of somehow not belonging. This is why for me at least, it is especially meaningful to have been invited to participate in this wonderful project and event.

I hope you join us for the launch, tickets are free – see you there!

Pandemic- A Community Poem by Muse Pie Press

The international Community Poem that I was thrilled to participate in is finally live – really pleased to have been invited to contribute to this incredible project featuring 220 poets from 16 countries.

“Compiled and crafted by R.G. Rader, publisher of Muse-Pie Press, the poem represents a range of emotions and thoughts on how this pandemic has affected our lives and our world. There is also a recording of R.G. Rader reading the poem.”

http://musepiepress.com/pandemic.html

Butterfly

When Persephone stopped playing outside
sometimes you’d catch a spectral
glimpse of her through the window,
waving at her mother gardening.

One summer, her mother found
a dead red admiral on the path.
It was a mere slip of a thing;
and it must have just expired

fluttering from flower to flower
unfettered in the lonely garden.
The mother put it in a matchbox
which she guarded with her life.

Every year she thought of
new ways to dispose of it;
to set it free through flames
or simply in the act of letting go.

Of course it was magical thinking,
to imagine a ritual
that could heal the heart.
Never was a butterfly so heavy.

Crows video

Here is a new recording of a poem that first appeared in OWP Issue 57. It is called ‘Crows’ and in my collection ‘Wish’ (Maytree Press 2019). It will also be published in the forthcoming Places Of Poetry anthology. Hope you enjoy it, all feedback welcome!

The Myth of Time in Utopia – pub. in The Utopia Project Issue One

Flowers are the sexual organs
of 360, 000 species of plants
you read, and went outside
with torch and table salt;
to hunt pale slugs that hide
in velvet beds of sky-at-nights.

The proper name for one
that is intersexed and so
needs nothing, is ‘perfect’,
you whispered in the dark;
as night creatures laboured
and flies rested undisturbed.

Finally, you went to bed
– a thin veil of salt dust
masking the acrid musk
of your untouchable skin –
between a spike in the wind
and spit of cuckoo pint.

Following the flying cow – a cartwheel Penny

Obsessed With Pipework Issue 91 is going to press!

Obsessed with Pipework

OWP 91 EDITORIAL & CONTENTS LIST FOR THE AUGUST ISSUE OF OBSESSED

So excited to be ushering into the hands of readers this exhilarating collation of poets’ visions.

We are living in unprecedented & revolutionary times when many people have found time on their hands and a chance to take a fresh look at the worlds we have been living in and that live in us.

Please take these poems slowly & let their layers develop. The editing task means my focus is often on the minutiae of format or punctuation, and a joy of rereading the finished magazine is to start to realize all the other jewels lurking in and among the often adventurous works we have chosen for you.

These are the poems:

Angela Arnold : Glimpse,

She has to do Things Brightly,

Song of the Purse.

Cecile Bol: Post-credits scene,

My aunt’s castle.

David Burl: Berceuse.

Alexandra…

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New poems published – The Utopia Project #Issue One, July 2020

Thanks to editors Christopher James and James Middleton, of The Utopia Project – a smart new zine with an inspiring mission; “.. publishing work that uses its creative voice to speak to the political realities that we face, as individuals and in our communities, and to put forward a positive vision of what lies ahead.” This issue explores concepts of time.

Follow the link for more information on the inaugural issue:
Current Issue

The Blue Nib: Review of Wish by J Humble

Thanks to Jonathan Humble and The Blue Nib, for this thoughtful and perceptive review of my debut poetry collection Wish. If you haven’t had a chance to grab a copy yet, I do still have a couple left. You can order Wish from Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith, Maytree Press, or direct from myself, for £7.00 plus postage.

https://thebluenib.com/wish-by-katerina-neocleous-reviewed/?fbclid=IwAR2-Q2T3kV2IivlplsIcn9Bi2FQ-FZkxmAotpKcG5PShW-JHCGUkjFKiy4A

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Vedbaek

I pick a path by grey-light
to grave 8 at Vedbaek
on the moon’s far plateaus,
among its arid lakes
and crumbling catacombs.

Here is the Mesolithic
mother laid to rest
six thousand years ago,
cradling a child with
two knives by its side

borne with a final blessing
on a swan’s great wing –
to reach eternal Spring.

mother maiden crone anthology pic
An earlier version Published in ‘Maiden Mother Crone’ an Anthology edited by Katie Metcalfe, Slice Of The Moon Press (2020)

Mother Maiden Crone – Edited by K Metcalfe Anthology

Thanks to Katie Metcalfe and Slice Of The Moon Press, for publishing four of my poems in this inspiring anthology, “for the witches that were, the witches that are, and the witches to come” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maiden-Mother-Crone-Anthology-Poetry/dp/B085DTG56T/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=MAIDEN%20MOTHER%20CRONE&qid=1589538732&sr=8-5&fbclid=IwAR34Z4NawqdnTyns4HHEOPYnXfBIxfRKqdIp4jQO_cemUT5tshvwQ-16cqY

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