Only the Fallen Can See

Only The Fallen Can SeeA remarkable book of poems which explore and chronicle the compelling journey of a mother struggling with bipolar disorder. These poems are held together by awful weight of mental illness, each one reflecting back another facet of a person struggling desperately to remain above water.

The poems are about love, even the fractured love you find when all you can do is sigh, yes. They are about unspeakable sadness and the way it infiltrates your innermost thoughts. And they are about hope. The hope that is fashioned out of pills and the touch of a loving hand linking to a life well lived.

This collection is for those who have tasted grief or grown small with despair’. It is sleeped in the realization that through suffering and joy we find our humanity.

Purchase online at Leaf Books

Videos: Jude reads her poems

“From Jude Neale’s enticing titles to her clarifying punch lines, her poems snag the reader back to savour her words again and again. Her delightful and unique images convey much of life through complex layers of meaning.”
– Bernice Lever “Never a Straight Line”, “Generation”

“These poems follow a fractured trajectory that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit against despair. Beautiful, poignant, raw and powerful, Jude’s poetry is of a woman unbroken by her illness.”
– Philip W. Long MD

“Thank you for bringing to attention this woman’s amazing work. She owns what she does in that her voice is truly one she fought for! Jude we all celebrate your work. You show that it is possible to make something beautiful form something difficult.”
– Bonnie Nish, Pandora’s Collective

 

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.)