Day One. Find Nature Wherever You Are
(Originally published The Dawntreader, Indigo Dreams Publishing)
January sun on a rainy day
through slanted attic window made me pause,
as bundled laundry swaddled arms, held me fast.
Water slid down the glass, light wobbled, waved,
and inside me something hibernating uncurled,
just for a short time, and waved back.
-Maxine Rose Munro
Escaping Summer from Medusa’s Daughter by Jane Rosenberg LaForge
“I Sit Here Half-Naked” from “Wonder And Wrath” by A.M. Juster
From “No Man’s Land” by Kathryn Southworth (An account of the life of Ivor Gurney)
Petals Open Wide At
and quickly shiver in thunders grand growl
between patches of blue sky and welcome
heavy spit drums for worms wend to bowel
of beaked mam’s shopping for squawkful young.
A flit between skyspit to the calling
nest to feed ever open gobs hunger.
What good am I who wants my crass bawling,
who wants to listen to my grand thunder?
No am not alright, no I don’t want to
be here. Folk don’t want to hear my moans.
At least on my own I can lean into
gust, bury myself in my busy phone.
Nature interrupts myself with blown leaves,
loud birdsong, speaks of more than I believe.
Bios and Link
-Maxine Rose Munro
writes in English and her native Shetlandic Scots. She is widely published in the UK and beyond, both in print and online. She runs First Steps in Poetry, which offers feedback to beginner poets. More here http://www.maxinerosemunro.com
Oversteps Books Ltd published her debut collection Another life in 2016. Her second collection Nothing serious, nothing dangerous was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd in November 2019. Spring 2020 the pamphlet A Stolen Hour was published by Grey Hen Press.
She was one of five poets to receive a Northern Writers Award 2020 from New Writing North. The poetry entries were judged by Vahni Capildeo. The manuscript of Remembering / Disease has now been accepted for publication, with a release date of October 2022.
-Jane Rosenberg LaForge
writes poetry, fiction, and occasional essays from her home in New York. She has published four chapbooks of poetry and three full-length collections, the most recent being MEDUSA’S DAUGHTER from Animal Heart Press. Her novel, SISTERHOOD OF THE INFAMOUS from New Meridian Arts Press, was inspired by the life of her sister, a one-time punk rocker and prodigy in mathematics. She also is the author of the novel, THE HAWKMAN: A FAIRY TALE OF THE GREAT WAR (Amberjack Publishing 2018) and an experimental memoir, AN UNSUITABLE PRINCESS (Jaded Ibis Press 2014). More information is at jane-rosenberg-laforge.com
was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, and now lives in Camden Town, London and Prinknash, Gloucestershire. She is married with three surviving children and three grandchildren.
She has always written poetry but returned to it in earnest only after a long career as an academic in midlands universities. She was a founding fellow of the English Association, Head of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and held senior management posts there and at Newman University and also worked for the Quality Assurance Agency. She has been a governor of the Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust and is currently a governor of Rose Bruford College of Drama and Theatre Arts.
She has published poetry and reviews in several magazines and anthologies and reads at a number of London poetry venues, including the Poetry Café and Torriano Meeting House. The literary canon informs her writing, as does her Catholic faith, surreptitiously.
(@amjuster on Twitter) tenth book of original poetry is Wonder and Wrath (Paul Dry Books 2020). His work has appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review and The Paris Review, and he is the only three-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.