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

  • In September Jude is having a launch at both Guernica Editions launch and at Joy Kogawa House. She will read several poems from the book with photographs. launch. Dates & times TBA
  • Guernica launch on Zoom Sep 12 - 12:30 Pacific
  • Launch at Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver on September 19 at 4pm. Jude will read several poems from the book with photographs.
  • The Bowen Island launch for Inside the Pearl is on October 1, 2021, 7:30pm, at the Hearth Gallery.

  • Jude will be facilitating a workshop on Sunday, August 8: "Impromptu, Poetry Writing from 1-2pm on Bowen Island. Register
  • In the afternoon, Jude will be reading from A Blooming, Impromptu, The River Answers and The Flaw, from between 2:30 and 5pm on Bowen Island. She will be one of several Bowen writers performing at that time. More Info

Jude Reads Poetry