World Poetry Proudly Presents Jude Neale from Bowen Island, B.C. Canada!

Jude Neale, featured poet.








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Jude Neale is a Canadian poet living on Bowen Island off of Vancouver B.C. Canada. Her writing has been published  frequently in journals like The Antigonish Review and Quill, online magazines such as Monday’s poem and Ascent Aspirations Magazine, and anthologies like the forthcoming Tri-City Anthology and The Wild Weathers Book of Love. Her book , Only the Fallen CanSee (Leaf press) was published in 2011. It is a collection of poems that have been informed by mental illness. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize run out of Ireland; The 2012 International Poetic Republic PoetryPrize out of the U.K. ,and nominated for the 2012 Canadian Re Lit Award for her book ‘Only the Fallen Can See’.

“I start with one image when I write. In the title poem from my next book, A Quiet Coming of Light, I loved the sound of cuttle boned knife, which lead me of course to the kiss in the pathway! I take a long time to complete a poem as the story must be succinctly and beautifully told.”


A spray of moonlight
fell like pewter beads
onto the petaled earth.

I made up sly Russian dance steps
to ambush you-

a curl of smoke crawling
under a tightly closed door.

But oh dearest husband:

now my hair’s white as china
and brittle as branches,

and I still want you
to want me
more than our own small complaints.

I kept your life’s secrets
taped to my mattress

in drawers with no handles
and cuttle-bone knives.

You see,
I wore you like perfume
under the moon
with the roses.

Your skin stretched
and settled round mine.

I remember
the press of your lips
on the pathway,

when we became part of
a quiet coming
of light.

 Jude Neale (C)


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