Poem: NOT JUST ANOTHER FISH STORY

In homage to Patrick Lane on his birthday

Thanks to Mark Doty

The rude dust once snaked under your cap
when you were a boy

and you didn’t dither or hang back

just left a question mark
in those railings of boned sky
you called home.

Now you gaze with fresh gratitude
at the small flicks of summer moths
as they plunder the heavy browed night.

Dig in the earth
to look for your voice
and pull out a word

alive

with the stasis of mackerel
and the delicious hard bite

of this one

luminescent moment
caught in relief.

Jude Neale wins SPM Book Prize

for her book Splendid in its Silence
In describing 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 will be presented this spring in London. Read their full review.

Jude's next poetry collection

Splendid in its Silence

Launches in London on April 8th
The book is being published and launched by Sentinel Poetry Movement publishing. On Bowen Island, BC, books will be available for sale at Phoenix and other independent book stores. Jude will have a big Bowen Island Launch in May 2017.


Jude Reads Her Poetry

Hear Jude’s new poems Wildberry and Places Beyond

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