Poem from Cantata in Two Voices, in which I and my collaborator Bonnie Nish take existing poems and respond to them line by line.


In the mountains, stillness;
“After Goethe” by Robert Haas

I come to this place to find
the depth of wonderment
I have lost in ordinary life.

The pine scented earth
gives up its light
and my bruises fall away.

I am once again whole.

My toes inhale the raspy air
and I move like a mountain spring
coming back to its source.

Now I can open and bloom
and spread out into the dusk,

where Lupines and Indian Paintbrush
carpet the scree.

Slashes of purple throated
Fireweed snatches at my breath.

Night begins to fall
and everything silent
holds me.

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.
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  • 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

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