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I am in I am out

March 27, 2019

Revisiting some older works at the moment, perhaps because slowing down here has given time for introspection. This piece holds a lot of significance for me because it marked a huge shift in my creative output. I wrote and performed it in 2008/9, then published it in early 2010 in a handstitched pamphlet called Prophecy: conversations with my Self (you can download it for free from the Herstory section of my website at sophiemckeand.com). Prior to this I’d been performing…

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Revolution

March 17, 2019

revolution: you were born into a world of knives / this time heals no wounds / your skin is split silk folded into darkness / hair is ocean waves orating from midnight to noon / noon to midnight // where skin ribbons / flowers unfold in painful brilliance / it was always this way: the altar of the new crushes the bones of the old // you are torn & hollow, echoing with the cycles of the moon / flowers…

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the gathering – celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

New collaborative piece with the incredible @wolfmumma to celebrate International Women’s Day ✊🏻💗🌿. The Gathering: you are weary / stripped of bark / you have been shedding leaves / resolve is blossom snatched by the wind / sometimes it is too much / to know you have been hacked & pruned / fashioned into furniture / oiled & shaped for utility (or fantasy) // your heart is not inanimate / she is the tree whose roots run rich with connection…

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It begins

March 4, 2019

It begins with healing the Self / the plants watch me grow / I ask for understanding / follow intuition with closed eyes / I have known the noose, the scissors, the knives & welcomed their scars / holding this life together / I fear letting go of the judgement & anger / if I slide the weight of pain from these shoulders & lift my face to the sun / what am I? / what remains? / I cannot…

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Sea swims & cold beach showers

February 17, 2019

Back on Crete. Back to sea swims & cold beach showers; to morning coastal hikes and foraging for inspiration in the mountains, waves & sunsets of this magical place. So much of the writing work has nothing to do with creating in a literal sense, instead it’s about clearing space & believing I have the right to do so; it’s about saying no & not feeling guilty when declining things that will eat into the writing time but won’t add…

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Performance heads-up

February 9, 2019

Dear friends – just a heads up that I’ve got two events today: 2pm at Oriel Davies to celebrate the wonderful words that came in for their writing competition and to hear the winning and commended pieces. I loved reading them all as co-judge with the wonderful poet Chris Kinsey. Then tonight 8pm at Theatr Clwyd I’ll be supporting the utterly fabulous Hollie McNish as she tours the U.K. with her book Plum. Also loving my new Freddies of Pinewood…

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Reaching

February 8, 2019

I reach for myself / submit to lunacy & intuit / in this place I am naked / in this place I unravel / in this place I bleed / when darkness threatens / my womb births stars / when did I let myself forget this? / the moon is vulnerable in her brilliance / silvery light hums over fingertips / I tie these blindfolds to soak tears / I tie these blindfolds because I do not trust my eyes…

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Connection

February 6, 2019

connection: I have constructed & dismantled myself over & over / so that I might understand why I exist / I have sung songs that were not mine (they are all mine) / I have endured bitter winters evergreen / terrified to let needles drop / I have shed bark & tossed my mind into the universe / where others sought depth / I was the shallows // I have tumbled into planets & returned chastised / the voice of…

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adrift

February 5, 2019

there is a choice we make / even as we are tumbled by ocean waves / even as currents unravel our resolve / we can be lighthouse or rock / sea-foam or anchor / navigating in circles around each other / we scupper ourselves on distant horizons / if you saw me drowning would you save me? // all of these tiny misunderstandings fall like raindrops / deliberate & relentless / I am soaked with I’m sorries / cannot take…

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