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Ceremony for letting go: last quarter moon (release)

January 28, 2019

When I could no longer hold onto anger / I sought release / how do you move away from something that has shaped you for so long it is part of your physical being? / shoulders hunched, I sit at sunset & watch the death of the day / bare feet flat on cold earth / womb heavy with blood / heavy with containment / heavy with all the things I should have said: it is not my fault; I…

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my body was a boat leaking poems

January 22, 2019

/ I lay starfished in the Mediterranean Sea / flesh & bones floating in saltwater / my body was a boat leaking poems / with eyes open I knew the white mountains / my body was in conversation with the water / eyes closed, I whirlpooled with constellations / my body translated the sublime into non-action / later I twist & wrench revelations into words / & as the sun sets, this land knows me /…

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Thunderstorms

January 3, 2019

  / woken by rolling thunderstorms / my heart is rhythmic waves beating inside the rib cave / rain pummels insistent against our van roof so that I can hear it erasing my bones / I disintegrate like sandstone / like a memory / like stars / I am white noise & nothingness / in dreams I am a waterfall / pierce the surface with the beak of a crow / I lie in bed & tumble into the otherworld…

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National Poetry Day

October 4, 2018

  As it’s #nationalpoetryday today here’s a piece commissioned for National Poetry Day’s Free The Word Project earlier this year. BBC Radio Wales listeners called in with a word they felt best reflected Wales. I got to choose my favourite word from these and write a poem on it. I chose ‘cwtch’, for my grandson Arthur ❤️. …. ADDED NOTE: I realise I’ve written on the PDF that this was ‘on’ National Poetry Day, when it should say ‘for’ National…

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New Patreon page

September 28, 2018

Dear friends – some exciting and terrifying news: I’ve set up a Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/sophiemckeand). I want to try a new way of connecting with the people out there who like my work. There are so many channels these days and it can be difficult to figure out how to get your art out to the people who have a genuine interest whilst also making a living from it. Being on the road is so inspiring and my biggest problem…

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Choose Love

September 17, 2018

  It’s been a blast working in Sew Ho today: stitching up split seams, sewing on buttons, and patching up jeans. But it has also got me thinking about the nature of charity, and gratitude, and what those words actually mean. Charity is about giving something to help those in need; gratitude is about being thankful. After two days working in the refugee warehouse I’m beginning to question why some people have donated items? Firstly, there are a lot of…

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Poems for weddings

September 16, 2018

I’ve really enjoyed writing wedding poems for friends and family over the years. Perhaps, when I feel in a dark place about where the world is headed this helps me to connect with what is really worth focussing on, which is love. Sam & Steve are old friends whose beautiful relationship brings energy to everyone around them. Their inspiring connection makes this poem so easy to write. So much love for this amazing couple and their new baby-to-be.  …

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