If You Kill The Bird…

"You're just an empty cage, girl, if you kill the bird." - Tori Amos If you kill the birdyou’ll rise up every morning drone-like, yawning heart un-singing If you kill the birdyou’ll spend your whole life mourningyearning, wishing:unfulfilling  If you kill the birdyou’re dead girl, walkingempty streets through hardrain falling: You’re just an empty cage girlvoid of... Continue Reading →

A Video Poem from ‘Three-Penny Memories’

It has been an exciting week following the launch of Barbara Harris Leonhard's debut poetry collection, Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir. The book reached the #1 New Release slot in Family Poetry, making this another EIF bestselling title! Huge congratulations to Barbara on this well-deserved accolade: No.1 New Release in Family Poetry! To celebrate the... Continue Reading →

Hie Me to a Hollow

The news is grim:Austerity bitesfuel poverty enriches black gold cofferswe need to use less, use lessuseless to try and stop them.Will their fortunes restore all that we have lost?They wouldn’t care to:Let’s extract and extract and all the while distract the masses with trivia(forgetting we're all freezing here)create paradise in a bubbleretreat into it.When the... Continue Reading →

Out Now! ‘Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir’

I am delighted to announce the successful publication of Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir, the debut poetry collection from Barbara Harris Leonhard. The book is available from Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format: https://www.amazon.com/Three-Penny-Memories-Barbara-Harris-Leonhard-ebook/dp/B0BH99FS2T/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= And here are the links to buy the book in various countries: UKFranceSpainItalyJapanCanadaAustraliaIndia Huge congratulations are due to Barbara, both... Continue Reading →

‘Three-Penny Memories’ launches tomorrow!

It is a great honour to announce that Barbara Harris Leonhard's debut poetry collection, Three Penny Memories, A Poetic Memoir, will be published tomorrow. The book will be available to purchase via Amazon. If, for any reason, you do not have access to Amazon markets, please contact me via email (ingrid@experimentsinfiction.com) to discuss alternative purchase... Continue Reading →

Bewcastle Pilgrimage

This high and lonely landscapelays no claim to grandeur only majesty:magnetic resonanceschime the air, to wake still silent Cuthbert’s bells to tolling The Black and White Lynea two-pronged divining rodmeet north of Roweltownforming the Lyne, follow the linealways the line So I am drawn here,time and time again,at threshold momentslife’s magnetic compass,always pointing North God bless this sacred... Continue Reading →

Undercurrents

Undercurrents of a weeping worldswirl above black watersbeneath the trees, I whisper pleasI love you Eddying down to who-knows-wherethe eye of a storm’s dead certaintywith death, the singularity that takes you Flowers float the River StyxThe Ferryman emerges froma three-decades-long mist, insistsI’ve missed you I light a candle in a cellleave blooms before the river’s swellthe... Continue Reading →

Tolling Bells

And all we hear are tolling bellstelling fortunes, wishing wellswell-wishers washed in pools of tearsall eyes and earsall eyes and ears Are turned towards the funeral the heart has had its coronal*as silence ends the reign of yearsthe sky rains tears the sky rains tears We listen at the close of dayfor birdsong, as a lullabyreturns us to... Continue Reading →

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