Poem: An Avalanche

She can’t close her eyes
but to see him floating
hair caught with ice,
anchored to this heart break like a star.

Her hands clamp shut silent pleas
of ‘if only’s’.

To heave up the unforgivable-

that one day
her heart,
would still
all songs of charity.

Someone else, dear God,
someone else.

She crouches down
bent low by disbelief.

Searches for him in photos
and stick figured cards
carefully signed.

She sleeps with his sweater
wrapped round her indigo grief.

Oh, little boy,
let her just see you,
hold you,
warm you,

in this rock-songed culvert
where her cries
come back
like the coal black crows
stilled
on this soft bed of snow.

New Book:

A Blooming by Jude Neale

To be published in London by SPM in 2018. Find out more


New Book:

Cantata in Two Voices

by Jude Neale and Bonnie Nish
To be published in 2018. Find out more.


Jude Reads Her Poetry

Hear Jude’s new poems Wildberry and Places Beyond

Accompanied by composer Thomas Beckman. (See audio player above.)

Splendid in its Silence

Launched in London on April 8th 2017
The book was published and launched by Sentinel Poetry Movement publishing. On Bowen Island, BC, books are available for sale at Phoenix and other independent book stores. Jude had a big Bowen Island Launch in May 2017.


Jude Neale wins SPM Book Prize

for her book Splendid in its Silence


In describing the work the jury says “This is brave and bold writing: the technique always rising to meet the demands of the poem’s multifarious and far-reaching concerns.” It was presented in spring 2017 in London. Read their full review.