A Quiet Coming of Light

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5.5 x 8.5 inches | 92 pp | 978-1-926655-68-0 |

A Quiet Coming of Light – A Poetic Memoir

by Jude Neale

Jude Neale’s poems are about surviving childhood, family relationships, the complexities of loss or relief that are felt when love leaves only a tracing of beautiful silver scars. She writes of wisdom and frailty, hope as signified by those “bright copper pennies dropped from the sun.”

Praise for Jude Neale’s poetry:

“A mixture of formal control and emotional weight … I especially liked the simplicity (always much harder to achieve than it appears).”

–Sir Andrew Motion, Britain’s Poet Laureate, on “Still Life.”

“Amidst the marks and scars, is the strength of the human spirit to find humour, irony, and beauty in it all. Humour – that sure sign that some kind of healing has happened.”

–Daniela Elza, author of milk tooth bane bone.

“What an absolutely stunning poem. So delicately wrought. No bathos or sentimentality – difficult to achieve in a love poem.”  –Patrick Cotter, judge of Gregory O’Donoghue              International Poetry Prize, on “Blue Bowl.”

Her web address is judeneale.com

Review Excerpts

“Jude’s trademarks are a tension between delicacy and power, between obliqueness and honesty, between unmawkish sorrow and ironic humour at her own expense. (Check out the leopard-print lingerie poem.)” Read the review by Susanna Braund in The Bowen Island Undercurrent here.

Jude Neale was shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize (Ireland), The International Poetic Republic Poetry Prize (UK), The Mary Chalmers Smith Poetry Prize (UK), The Wenlock International Poetry Prize (UK), and The Royal City short story and poem contest where she placed second in both categories. Her book Only the Fallen Can See was long-listed for the Canadian ReLit Award.

Photograph of Jude Neale by
Paul Hooson

Jude Reads Her Poetry

Coming Events

Reading at the University of the Fraser Valley, March 14 with Bonnie Nish

March 22, Planet Earth Poetry Victoria, with Bonnie Nish

April 27 concert with Thomas RL Beckman on Bowen Island with Bonnie Nish Tuesday April 30 Jewish Community Centre

World Premiere of the St. Roch Suite! 10th Anniversary Gala reading to specific Art installations. 9 March, 2019
Prince George Symphony Orchestra,
Performance by Jude Neale (poet) and Thomas R.L. Beckman (composer)