• Books:
  • Blood Horses,
  • Beneath The Ice,
  • Snakeskin Stilettos,
  • The Horse's Nest,
  • Miracle Fruit,
  • Selected Poems,
  • The Goose Tree

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Poet, creative writing facilitator, editor. Experienced mentor for those working towards a first collection. My publishers are Lagan Press, Belfast and Liberties Press, Dublin, who published my Selected Poems in 2012, The Goose Tree in June 2014. Blood Horses was published in 2018 from Caesura Press and a new collection, Carnivorous is forthcoming from Doire Press Spring 2019

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Do you need a muse?

It had been a quiet time for me after the launch of Selected Poems in December. I had hopes of doing lots of writing, but that wasn't really happening. Then I was lucky enough to be selected to write a piece for Fickle Favours,
as part of an exciting new project. Somehow a deadline always seems to work for me - or make me work - and I managed to complete a piece of writing inside the time frame. Six 'sonnets' in the voice of the Dark Lady of the sonnets.
This got me thinking about inspiration and how if I sit around waiting for it, it doesn't happen. I don't think I need a muse as much as I need a strict overseer. Write a poem or else!
Anybody else feel the same way?


  1. la poésie ne serait pas s'il s'agissait uniquement d'aligner des mots Elle nécessite une réelle émotion nait d'une rencontre d'un sentiment d'une sensation d'une réflexion... ensuite l'art du poème est de choisir le bon mot, le bon rythme pour tenter d'exprimer ce ressenti (je ne parle même pas de l'espoir de le partager...) je pourrais vous citer n'avez vous pas écrit //I am being followed by a flock of winged words //...

    Respectueusement une lectrice français (désolée de répondre en français mais mon anglais est très maladroit)

  2. Hi Mijo - I totally agree with you - it is just that sometimes you need discipline to turn up at the page, to allow the conditions for the winged words to land.