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Splendid in its Silence by Jude Neale | SPM Publications Poetry

“Throughout this collection, the full gamut of poetic craft is evident: the skilled application of repetition, lineation, fresh conceits and images, the use of exact detail ensure the consistent and accurate conveyance of the shifting moods, the play of light, and changing landscapes as the backcloth against which the human predicament takes place. This is brave and bold writing: the technique always rising to meet the demands of the poem’s multifarious and far-reaching concerns.”
      Roger ElkinMarking Time,  Chance Meetings.
"The world of Jude Neale's poems is a place of luminous moments where a careful intelligence is surprised by emotional depths."
      Jack Hodgins, Spit Delaney's Island, The Invention of the World.

“Jude Neale possesses an arresting voice that gives the ache and awe of our ordinary lives an incantatory eloquence.”
      Betsy Warland, Oscar of Between — A Memoir of Identity and Ideas
“This is a work of profound and generous intimacy. Each poem is a brief intrigue into the dark beauty that can be found in the quotidian and in the quiet spaces that fold us into filial contemplation. What is a daughter, a shiver, a crème blanket, a city street, or an iridescent wing? Neale so deftly implores us to feel the radiant longing enclosed within the fleeting silence of these cinematic songs.”
      Liz Howard, 2016 winner of the Griffin Prize for Infinite Citizen 
      of the Shaking Tent

Splendid in its Silence by Jude Neale
  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: SPM Publications (28 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993503551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993503559
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm

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    The Disappearance

    Her eyes were hazel, two agates

    watched my every move.



    listen to her breathing quiet.


    I whispered into her ear

    tender words of mercy and release.




    We lay quiet touching

    this cold iceberg loss

    unable to hide our love.


    It hung like balloons over

    the striped Mexican blanket.


    The room gave up light

    when she lay down

    to sleep,


    to dream of tall meadow grass

    with me and the sun

    instead of this useless ache I hold.


    Stroke. Remember

    there is no black hole but forgetting


    and nothing more can be claimed

    with my hot tears.

    Small Lives

    We lie by the fire,

    arms, legs, my wet hair

    and sleet burned skin.


    I watch the Balinese shadows,

    climb the wall.


    As I dress,

    your hand catches

    my thin gold chain, scatters blood

    coloured beads

    across the hearth,


    small lives, separating.


    On my way home,

    the moon no longer floats

    but riffles like gauze

    while a ring burns round it.


    The muddy path is luminous

    like the eyes of a fortune teller.


    Frogs embed in the banks of the river.


    I cross the bridge

    skip over each fault,


    and pull my mantle of secrets

    across my emerald eyes.


    His disappointment waits


    like smoke

    in a smokeless room.


    My bloodied hands

    press the latch,


    Lady Macbeth before the fall.


    Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken-word performer and mentor. Author of The Perfect Word Collapses, Only the Fallen Can See, A Quiet Coming of Light and Line by Line, Neale, Nish. Her new collection, Splendid in its Silence won the second prize in the SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2016.

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