A Blooming

a book of poetry by Jude Neale

Coming in 2018; printed by SPM London.

Like sand sifted between splayed fingers my meandering path has left behind deep shells of longing and purple joy.

A moment glimmers in a poem depicting the ordinary becoming extraordinary with imagery, that I hope, captures the texture and intent of my life. 

I touch on the vagaries of loss, the heat of longing and the tang of disappointment in this poetic collection. My relationships and encounters are central to my writing process.

I have gathered these autobiographical snippets into a clutch of pastel and florid blooms, a cadenza of colour.

Each poem takes the reader closer to the Labyrinth of my life. I offer you a glimpse of the beauty and despair that connect each and every one of us.

“There was after all no mystery in the end of love, no mystery, the mystery of love itself,
which was large certainly as real as grass, as natural and unaccountable as bloom and branch and their growth.”

Little, Big by John Crowley

Meet Jude at Coming Events

  • Book launch for The Flaw, at the Canadian Music Centre BC on November 6 at 3:30-5pm.

  • Jude read from Naxos Greece on Saturday September 17 @ 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. PDT time. The event included Jude Neale, reading from The River Answers (Ekstasis Editions) | Shani Mootoo, Cane Fire (Book*Hug Press) | Alan Hill, In the Blood (Caitlin Press), all speaking from different places on Earth.
    For information: bit.ly/3d3h3AZ
  • The Bowen Island launch for Inside the Pearl was on October 1, 2021, 7:30pm, at the Hearth Gallery.
  • Guernica launched on Zoom Sep 12, 2021 - 12:30 Pacific
  • Launch at Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver on September 19, 2021 at 4pm. Jude read several poems from the book with photographs.
  • Jude will facilitated a workshop on Sunday, August 8: "Impromptu, Poetry Writing from 1-2pm on Bowen Island. Register
  • In the afternoon, Jude read from A Blooming, Impromptu, The River Answers and The Flaw, from between 2:30 and 5pm on Bowen Island. She was one of several Bowen writers performing at that time. More Info

Jude Reads Poetry