On Shyness, Dressing Up, and Writing

I have always loved this quotation from Sylvia Plath’s Johnny Panic and The Bible of Dreams: “So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them." I love this box image. I’m sure that the image was very personal [...]

Slow Living, Slow Writing, Slow Research

I always know when I have been stretching myself too thin with work and writing because I become Jane Craig in broadcast news. You know the scene: she finishes her phone conversation, sits quietly on the bed, and then cries long, loudly, noisily before going on with her day as usual. Who doesn't wish for [...]

‘Swan’ in ABR

'Swan' is out now in Australian Book Review. It's a poem that I worked on with the poet Joanna Klink at Kenyon College over the summer. I am very grateful to her for getting me to think about getting back to the sensuous kind of writing with which I began. 'Swan' is a poem about [...]

Ravishment

I forgot to mention a poem published in Poetry Ireland Review recently titled 'Ravishment.' It was an incredible issue, and I highly recommend it. Vona Groarke's final issue as editor, it included work by Simon Armitage, Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce, Paul Muldoon, Sean O'Brien and Caitríona O'Reilly. Books reviewed include new work from Derek Mahon, Bernard O'Donoghue, [...]

Fool Me Twice

I just had an article out in The Manifest Station, which is about the idea of repeat victimisation. Domestic violence is still so badly understood, and unless you have studied the subject, it can be difficult to understand why abusive relationships unfold the way they do. It was important to me to get these thoughts [...]

Stanford, California

I am much indebted to the incredibly talented Claire Trevien who has just posted today a videopoem based on my poem 'Stanford, California.' The poem is part of a sequence  'Beatitudes for the Women' on the subject of violence against women. This one is a found poem that recycles real testimony from the Stanford letter, [...]