The River Answers

The cover shows a bright sunset over a lake.

by Jude Neale
Ekstasis Editions, 2021

This book contains love songs to strangers and anthems for the Earth. It is a telling of my story as lover, mother, grandmother, friend and feminist. I now feel I am at the stage in my life where all the grief and love I have worn has indeed made me real, like the velveteen rabbit.

I try in each poem to write so that my reader can be surprised, illuminated and ultimately can bear witness to my journey.

I revel in language in all of its angularities. It is a beautiful thing to create a poem but a far more wonderful thing to connect with someone else’s heart and head. I have written each piece with the reader in mind. I hope that these flotsam and jetsam will find their way onto your shores.



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

Jude Reads Poetry