Poem: the thief

the red startle of duct tape
on the edge of your date book

is your way of pissing

on perfection

when broken things claim you
like rats from a sewer

you bind them to you
with stolen orange prayer flags
to keep them

from floating away

with the dish and the spoon
til the little dog laughed

but your lenses are missing
and your suitcase is full

of clown noses, shady hollows
that won’t be broken or fixed

beat the drum softly
with the secret code
of the thief

then we’ll all follow you

with a skip
drag
and sing

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.)