‘Wish’ is available in Waterstones

My poetry book ‘Wish’ is available in Waterstones now – chilling with Lana Del Rey’s collection, but usually hanging out between Nabakov & Neruda

Birthday – published in Summer Anywhere, from Dreich

Imagine it unravelling
like a red bow,
a sigh of glossy satin
eluding possession.

Look how easily
it insinuates itself
round neck or wrist,
a slipstream of ribbon.

I pull and it unbinds me
till I am undone –
a scarlet dress, pooling
by infinity’s bed.

Thanks to the editors of Dreich, for publishing my poem, Birthday.

Necromancy

My first open mic since the pandemic!
Video Still by Garry Cook

Yesterday I went to see the punk poet Laura Taylor at Market Street Social, in Preston. She performed some of her stunning work, including pieces from her new book “Speaking In Tongues.” I particularly enjoyed the more nuanced poems, such as “Senescence” and one about her childhood. There was an open mic before and after her performance, so I read my poem Necromancy. Thanks to Laura Taylor for giving poets a chance to share their work, and thanks to organiser, Garry Cook.

Necromancy

You send him urgent texts
but he no longer tolerates
your soup, solicitude
and homilies on fatherhood;
the man you wanted him to be
is gone, another fills his shoes.

As above, so below -
reflect on this
then wield your will;
harness the stars
and your inner hell,
from its event horizon.

One night when you're in bed
he'll rock up at your door
with a girl half his age
a wired grin and a lump of hash
he swears is an eighth,
asking for some extra cash.

He's left the engine running
and distorted bass
is waking half the street:
death has reworked your beloved.
Too late you recall the warning,
not to bring him back.


First published by Outlaw Poetry
and in Wish (Maytree Press).

https://www.ents24.com/preston-events/market-street-social/laura-taylor/6295584

https://outlawpoetry.com/tag/necromancy/

https://maytreepress.co.uk/2019/06/02/wish-katerina-neocleous/

https://lancashiretimes.co.uk/article/Review-Wish-by-Katerina-Neocleous

Places of Poetry anthology

I’m thrilled to announce The Places of Poetry anthology, edited by Andrew McRae and Paul Farley will be launched on 1st October, National Poetry Day 2020.

My poem Crows was inspired by Haslam Park in Lancashire; and by my experiences of otherness and of somehow not belonging. This is why for me at least, it is especially meaningful to have been invited to participate in this wonderful project and event.

I hope you join us for the launch, tickets are free – see you there!

Crows video

Here is a new recording of a poem that first appeared in OWP Issue 57. It is called ‘Crows’ and in my collection ‘Wish’ (Maytree Press 2019). It will also be published in the forthcoming Places Of Poetry anthology. Hope you enjoy it, all feedback welcome!

The Myth of Time in Utopia – pub. in The Utopia Project Issue One

Flowers are the sexual organs
of 360, 000 species of plants
you read, and went outside
with torch and table salt;
to hunt pale slugs that hide
in velvet beds of sky-at-nights.

The proper name for one
that is intersexed and so
needs nothing, is ‘perfect’,
you whispered in the dark;
as night creatures laboured
and flies rested undisturbed.

Finally, you went to bed
– a thin veil of salt dust
masking the acrid musk
of your untouchable skin –
between a spike in the wind
and spit of cuckoo pint.

The Blue Nib: Review of Wish by J Humble

Thanks to Jonathan Humble and The Blue Nib, for this thoughtful and perceptive review of my debut poetry collection Wish. If you haven’t had a chance to grab a copy yet, I do still have a couple left. You can order Wish from Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith, Maytree Press, or direct from myself, for £7.00 plus postage.

https://thebluenib.com/wish-by-katerina-neocleous-reviewed/?fbclid=IwAR2-Q2T3kV2IivlplsIcn9Bi2FQ-FZkxmAotpKcG5PShW-JHCGUkjFKiy4A

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