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


with the stasis of mackerel
and the delicious hard bite

of this one

luminescent moment
caught in relief.

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.