Line drawn image of a palm, with a bird-headed figure and flowers - text reads art and bone the palmist must shape the fingers'

National Poetry Writing Month

It’s April, which means National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPoWriMo for short. What is National Poetry Writing Month? The challenge of NaPoWriMo is to write a poem a day for 30 days, and there are various lovely prompts and communities of writers working across the… Read more

Rattle Ekphrastic Results

The Rattle Ekphrastic Results are out! Thank you so much, Rattle, for choosing my work your Ekphrastic Challenge this February. If you have a minute at all, do go and look at Mary Meriam’s beautiful ghazal, ‘Homemaker’., which was my favourite for the Ekphrastic challenge… Read more

collage of deer-headed woman in dark theatre with flying fish

What is Visual Poetry?

I’m frequently asked to describe what I think of as visual poetry (or Vispo) so I thought I’d write a blog post about it. For me, visual poetry works in an intersection between the visual arts and poetic texts. I once heard ‘poetry’ described as… Read more

Erasure poem and Collage - Image of a seated woman with three colourful birds and Erasured text reads imprudent, desireable, extravagant, elaborate Librarian

Erasure Poems

I’ve just spent a week making erasure poems, and started to think about what these are to me and what the form might mean. What are Erasure Poems? For those who are new to erasure poems there’s a great article here from Erin Dorney (on… Read more