Cantata in Two Voices

poetry by Jude Neale and Bonnie Nish

“Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

— Leonard Cohen

It has been a delight and challenge to weave our two poetic voices into a single book of poems. We took turns choosing the epigram and all subsequent responses to this trigger. We met in person only once and conceived and created each poem on the internet with one writer taking on the job of editor. We felt we needed to have a consistent eye to allow both voices to be heard in a unified form.  As the work unfolded our voices began a dance that quickly turned closely around one another, unique but usually in sync – the final edits caught the spaces where we stepped too far away.

Because of the nature of the project we collaborated on all aspects of the writing. We set a goal to write a book in fifty days allowing for the fifty pages to complete our manuscript.

After intense and exhilarating exchange of ideas we are proud to introduce our work, Cantata in Two Voices. We hope you enjoy reading the dozens of epigrams by an international pantheon of poets. We both felt these were the key to inspiration and acted like an unwrapped gift, just waiting to be discovered.

This is a completely unique collection of poems, written by two experienced poets and based on the words of other writers.

We hope you are transformed in some small way by our collaborative collection, Cantata in Two Voices.

Jude Neale/Bonnie Nish

New Book:

Cantata in Two Voices

by Jude Neale and Bonnie Nish
To be published in 2018. Find out more.

Jude Reads Her Poetry

Cantata in Two Voices

Launching in Vancouver and on Bowen Island.

Vancouver: Sunday, October 21st from 5-7pm

With musical guest, composer Thomas Beckman. (See audio player above.)

Bowen Island: Sunday, October 28th, from 4-5:30pm at Collins Hall.

With music by Teun Schut.

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.