Poetry

The Blue Nib publish the very best in contemporary poetry from new and emerging poets

Anna Blasiak

Anna Blasiak – Poetry

Anna Blasiak is a poet, translator and literature co-ordinator of the European Literature Network. She has translated over 40 books from English into Polish and some fiction and poetry from Polish into English. In addition to her book-length translations, her work has been published in Best European Fiction 2015, Asymptote, The Guardian, B O D Y Literature, Modern Poetry in Translation and York Literary Review. Anna writes poetry in Polish and in English (Off_Press, Women Online Writing, Exiled Ink and Modern Poetry in Translation). She has worked in museums and a radio station, run magazines, written on art, film and theatre.

Poetry by Joan McNerney

Rendezvous  That was the name of a paint can from J&M Hardware.   With sweat lingering on her face, she colored...
Teresa Coe

Terese Coe -Poetry

RELENTLESSRounder and deeper than the line, the soundbreaks up through dry leaves.Meandering, the river,  through you. Branded, you, with even the bitterness that brandsthe Western...

Gerald Cedillo -Poetry

Frogs Occasionally, country roads back home allowed a quiet somewhat-peace after we quarreled. Bodies loosely swaying in their seats, words hurled to pothole rhythms, lean gravel shoulders. We’d push through...
Peter Clive Poetry

Peter Clive Poetry

A whisky grace I raise a glass to you, Lord: there is no fountain, no breath-taking conceit of ornamental marble spouting perfectly orchestrated jets and arcs of...
William Derge Poetry

William Derge Poetry

William Derge Poetry - Derge won the $1,000 2010 Knightsbridge Prize judged by Donald Hall and the Rainmaker Award judged by Marge Piercy. He has received honorable mentions in contests sponsored by The Bridge, Sow’s Ear, and New Millennium, among others. He has been awarded a grant by the Maryland State Arts Council.
B. ANNE ADRIAENS

B. Anne Adriaens -Poetry

B. ANNE ADRIAENS currently lives and writes in Somerset, Britain. Her work often reflects her interest in alienation and all things weird and dark, as well as her concerns about pollution and the environment in general. She’s written several dystopian short (and not so short) pieces and is putting together a poetry collection exploring the many places where she’s lived. She attended the Poetry Summer School at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, in June 2017 and the following July, she was awarded the title of Frome Festival Poet Laureate. Her work has previously appeared in Helios Quarterly, B.A.D. (The Bees Are Dead) and Harpur Palate, as well as on several online literary platforms.
Kitty Coles

Kitty Coles -Poetry

Kitty Coles lives in Surrey and works for a charity supporting disabled people. Her poems have been nominated for the Forward Prize and Best of the Net. She was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2016 and her debut pamphlet Seal Wife, which was published in 2017, is available to purchase on Amazon or via Indigo Dreams
Winners of The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest 5

Poems by- Chapbook winners & commended poets

Guest Judge Helen Mort comments on the entries to Chapbook Contest 4.

Sam Smith -Poetry

Another Pause among white tussocks a sun-doped song-thrushspreads her wings  /  and opens her feathers  /  to be ant-cleaned nearby shallow ponds and pools...

Patrick Wright -Poetry

Patrick Wright has a poetry pamphlet, Nullaby, published by Eyewear in 2017. A full collection, Shadows on the Ceiling, will follow in 2019. His poems have appeared in several magazines, including Agenda, Wasafiri, The Reader, London Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Iota. His poem ‘The End’ was included in The Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2018, judged by Maggie Smith. He has also been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. He currently works as a Lecturer at The Open University, where he teaches Arts and Humanities, including Creative Writing, and as Contributing Editor at Write Out Loud. He is also working on a second PhD in Creative Writing at the Open University, on the ekphrasis of abstract and monochromatic paintings, supervised by Siobhan Campbell and Jane Yeh.
Pym Schaare

Linguist and Poet – Pym Schaare

Pym Schaare, linguist and poet, explores how language forms alter socio-sexual-cultural boundaries, as in fantasy, fairy-tales and poetry re-purposing thought and form. Author of Since Then: Poems and Commentary; The Poetry of Performance; and The Mutual Orgasm: A Clitorocentric Manifesto: Shadows under her Shoes. Robyn Mathison Poetry Award, 2017, longlisted & shortlisted: Fish Publishing.
MICHAEL DURACK

Tipperary Poet Michael Durack

Michael Durack lives in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. His work has appeared in journals such as Boyne Berries, Skylight 47, The Stony Thursday Book and Poetry Ireland Review. Publications include a memoir in prose and poems, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a poetry collection, Where It Began, published by Revival Press in 2017. With his brother Austin he collaborates on a programme of poetry and guitar music and they have produced two albums, The Secret Chord (2013) and Going Gone (2015.)
Marilena Zackheos

Marilena Zackheos Poetry

Marilena Zackheos’ debut poetry collection Carmine Lullabies a little like walking around a familiar room in the dark. The furniture is all there and the same, but the walls and floor are bent and there is a dangerous, insidious, leather-clad voice whispering at you from the shadows.

Susanne P Thomas -Poetry

Big Bad Wolf I watched a veteran teacher With unwavering words, underlined in anger Address a crowd of 5-year-olds Asking questions about the big bad wolf And how to...
JOHN KAPRIELIAN -POETRY

John Kaprielian Poetry

Tins of Dust They say you should change your spices every year or they lose potency and aroma but in the back of my spice cabinet behind the cinnamon-sticks and whole...
Abigail Elizabeth Rowland

Poetry from Penzance to Wales -Abigail Elizabeth Rowland (Ottley)

Confessions of a Circus Performer Poise is all - even when sleeping - there is memory in musculature. From girlhood onwards nights without ceasing I have fine-tuned my...
Poetry by Pauline May

Poetry by Pauline May

EYES ON THE ROAD It’s this winter sunrise spiking my eyes as I drive. It’s morning’s red-fingered goriness dazzling, as I pull the sun shield down and...
Warren Paul Glover

Warren Paul Glover – Poetry

MEDICINE VENISON A.M. Morning. I took my dog to the vets. Blood tests. Well, more blood tests, actually. Follow-ups to the first lot. Elevated liver enzyme. Protein deficiency. Vet optimistic about the prognosis. ‘He...
Ruth Gilchrist

Ruth Gilchrist -Poems

Ruth Gilchrist is a Scottish based writer. A member of EyeWrite and Dunbar’s Writing Mums. “Writer of the Year 2015” Tyne and Esk. Ruth collaborates with museums, photographers, film poems, radio and musicians. Poems published in Snakesin and Scrivens webzines and the SouthBank poetry magazine Southlight and The Eildon Tree. Also in various anthologies, including the Federation of Writers Scotland.
Orla Fay

Boyne Berries Editor Orla Fay

The Return of the Muse In the silence of the midwinter day I turn to this poem for sheltera beehive hut, a floating island.I...
Marie-Andree Auclair

At Midnight Maybe – by Marie-Andree Auclair

At Midnight Maybe We park on the night side of a heather-fuzzed hill skull ease out of the car. Ensconced in plaid blankets we huddle against the windshield draw...
Jess Neal Woods

Historical Novelist and Poet, Jess Neal Woods.

Viceroy Often mistaken for a monarch, You don’t have your own existence. Not appreciated for your slender wings Or the broad stroke of ink that runs horizontal Across your...
Poem Styles

Poetry inspired by the pause between travels – Abigail S. Cull

The Mermaid There is still an ocean inside your chest, your heartbeat marks the ebb and flow, changing tides. Do you still scent the sea when you inhale deeply? Do you still dream...
Neil Creighton

The Gathering Host by Neil Creighton

Australia’s jewel is burning. All along the rugged, mountainous south-west coast of the island state of Tasmania, rain-forests, once a tangle of towering trees and vine, stand dry and vulnerable. The...
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Poems of Place: Central America and Lisbon

First, two strong drinks served to us by Kristiane Weeks-Rogers. Mexican Drinking Toast La Catrina’s teeth are tucked all over streets of Mexico; between cobblestones, vendor stands. Behind...

Eclectic Voices -Selected by Michael Griffith

    Recompence by Chris Ernest Nelson I pay for your night with my own darkness. I atone for your suffering with suffering of my own. As you cower in terror of your...
Poetry by Will Reger

Moving Delusion and other poems. By Will Reger

Aubade: Debris I wake up to a morning of debris-- socks on the floor, stacks of books I never read, except to taste here and there like a...
Diarmuid Fitzgerald

Diarmuid Fitzgerald – Poetry

Diarmuid Fitzgerald was born in 1977 in Co. Mayo, Ireland. He grew up in Co. Cork and currently live in Dublin. He works as a school teacher and is a poet and prose writer. Thames Way was his first collection of haiku poems and it was published in 2015 by Alba Publishing

Iain Twiddy- Poetry

PRACTICE RUN  I’m looking through a cold bedroom window hedgehogged with condensation at a rose bush pricked with autumn frost, though still glowing red like the sting that...

Poetry- by Fiona Perry.

  Post navigation Distillation Now I have the puddle Wax of a thousand Blessed candles burnt In a kitchen shrine Your last upright Embrace cushioning me Comforts to conjure No more sinewy Morphine cries or Muted...

Poetry from Sandra Horn

Sandra Horn is a writer based in Southampton. She has had poems published in Artemis and Magma magazines and in several anthologies: Lines in the Sand, Write to be Counted, Dancing in the Chequered Shade, the Emma Press Book of Age, the Writers’ Cafe and Some Cannot Be Caught: the Emma Press book of Beasts._____________

Dick Jones- New Poetry

BERTRAGHBOY BAY Where the ironstone wall gathers fuscia and salt; where the swifts stitch blue air to the scrub-grass; where herring gulls mob the heron; where cormorants hang wings on the...

Mary Wight- New Poetry

SIGHTSEEING Bellies sweet with prawns and Guinness, they dawdled back along the strand needing nothing more. A sea trout, eyes gone, body gleaming still, lay as if waiting for a...
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New Poetry- Edward Lee

IN THE DARKNESS THERE IS REST In the wall above every bed I have ever lay upon there is a window so well hidden not even the night can find it, leaving...
Kate Ennals

Poetry- Kate Ennals

An Invitation Come, Father, let’s wander London’s dark skies, sit by the river, watch dusk silt and slide, salute and swirl a glass of ruby red wine. Let’s...
Clare Morris

Poetry- Clare Morris

A LEICESTER TRIPTYCH The Change:  2.15pm, 15/3/2018, Leicester Royal Infirmary And so you sat down next to her bed, With the bag of toiletries and magazines, your...

Poetry from David Bankson

  Chartreuse I regret, like coiled flowers I burst when loosed, but the loosing is part of who I am. I could never stop that sort of liquid: a river...
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Katrina E. Halfaker- Poems

the midwest one broken white scale on a rubber dumpster lid hints; when opened, within and under peeks a takeout burger bag and styrofoam cup, probably full. last...
Fair Ground by Penny Sharman

James Fountain- New Poetry

Empty Highway Home The road is clear, but for the weather lashing down liquid intermittently, my wipers doing overtime at midnight, after a John Mayall gig in Stoke,...

Leela Soma- New Poetry

Mother tongue Pollen drenched, the rain in the bark, The roots deep in sepia earth, boughs And branches thick with green leaves The young shoots from the fallen...
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Thomas Bailey- New Poems

Thomas Bailey is 21 years-old, and lives in London. He is currently studying English at Cambridge, and is editor of his college's annual poetry...

David Ratcliffe – Poetry

Slipping his moorings Less than an hour earlier, he’d knelt thumbs crossed; on failing to receive a signal he slid solo on a one-way voyage, slipping his moorings with no...

James Walton- Poetry

Rap, rap, rap, rap, ill tidings call It came like rain on windows a specimen in a jar, the lid too tight for breathing. I fumbled through the...
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Sally McHugh- New Poetry

 Blue Atlas Tracing the grids of the blue atlas my finger runs down the page, charting the north Atlantic ocean, Lisbon, Africa with its Sahara winds blowing, Freetown. Latitude, longitude, lines criss-cross, I...

Poetry- by Micah James Bauman

Love conquers all says the unbroken heart the playful, unbroken heart as love stands over me in a gas station restroom I dance before the mirror to an unfamiliar pop...

Karen Poppy- New Poetry

Hello, Goliath I will write you As I know you. Finally, I'm not afraid. Sharp light of your being, Come toward me. You can dance, laughing. You can tell lies. You can...
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Philip Dunkerley- New Poetry

Burt’s Bees i.m. Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, d. 2015, aged 80 Weary of the push and frenzy of Manhattan, Burt lit out in his old...
Anne Walsh Donnelly

New Poetry- by Anne Walsh Donnelly

My Therapist and her Bumble Bee It circles overhead, like a drone, as we revisit childhood wounds, talk of adult loss and all that lurks in the...
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Bev Smith- New Poetry

the art of casting shadow i love that age is slowing you i might can catch you now between the light and dark before it falls and the twilight that...
2 poems by Louisa Muniz

2 poems by Louisa Muniz

Louisa Muniz was the Sheila-Na-Gig 2019 Spring Contest Winner for her poem Stone Turned Sand. 
Dominic Fisher

Notes from the allotment

Coleridge drinks my coffee Accomplished poet and proud allotment-owner, Dominic Fisher discusses the relationship between poetry and nature with...
Sandra Renew

Bedding, poetry by Sandra Renew

Sandra Renew’s ongoing project is the interrogation of gender presentation and the LGBTIQAA gender discourses.

Paul Sutherland’s New and Selected Poems – Reviewed

Paul Sutherland's new and selected poems, reviewed by Emma Lee
Stephen House Poem Pod Cast

Stephen House reads his own, ‘driftwood mountain’

Stephen House reads 'driftwood mountain' from his chapbook chapbook, real and unreal, by ICOE Press.

Poetry by Oisín Breen

Oisín Breen is a 34 year-old poet from Dublin, now living in Edinburgh.
Ink Pods Christmas Fiction

Episode 2 Short Fiction 24th December 2019

his short story podcast on the theme of 'Gifts' features short fiction from Dave Kavanagh, Melissa Todd, Maggie Harris, Juan Chemes, Daniel O’Reilly, Alta Ifland, Clare Morris.
Rosemary McLeish

Rosemary McLeish reads her own work, Skeleton

Rosemary McLeish is a prize-winning author who has published widely in journals and anthologies, both in print and on-line