Josephine Lay’s new poetry book written during a year of personal and political unravelling… Her poems speak of the human condition; of life, love, loss and even death. Here is sadness and descent but also the struggle towards the light and the survival of the human spirit. - Available now from Amazon, or by order from your usual bookshop
Where is my horse?
I am a knight
But my armour is rusty
And my trusty steed
And my knight's shoes, I need...
So, as I begin my quest
To rescue a princess
I’m sat on a rock
Where I’m taking stock
I am in a line
From Don Quixote
Still tilting at windmills
A collection of poems, written in 2017/2018... . . . . Available now from Amazon and by order from your usual book store
Josephine Lay, a published Author and Poet, is the newly appointed Creative Writing Adviser and Consultant for Black Eyes Publishing UK
‘Another Friday’ should not be seen as a sequel to ‘Yellow Over The Mountain’, more of a poetry supplement.’ Both Yellow Over The Mountain and Another Friday are available now from Amazon and by order from your usual book store.
‘Malcontent’ - A startling and knife-sharp collection of poems by Z.D Dicks.
Available now from Amazon and by order from your usual book store.
When I hit my head I saw stars,
not like the ones in the night sky
more like ones in a red firework.
I got up as fast as I was able
I was caring for my grandson, who’s three
He said, ‘Are you alright Nanny?’
‘Yes’ I lied, holding on to the table.
When I hit my head light entered
along with the pain, which showed me
new perspectives, I saw the world again
as though it had been newly painted.
My brain was shaken, unscrambled
Returned to factory settings,
I became a new personality
freed from all responsibility
Since I hit my head I’ve become a performance poet.
I’ve joined the GPS, which I adore,
I don’t look after grandchildren
I don’t do housework any more
dirty washing rises in quantity
I’m out more often than I’m in
paradoxically, I was glad I’d hit it.
That is, until six months later, when…(yes you’ve got it)
I hit my head again.
The lights went out, just for a minute,
the July sun was hot as was the
concrete block I fell over.
Returned to A & E, confused, not amused,
where staff of course were great
but only after a four hour wait.
When I hit my head again
I became politically active
I made my Facebook posts public as I
vented my frustration on government,
joined Amnesty, stood up for human rights,
argued against racism and even
shared Jason Conway’s fight against
environmental plastic pollution.
Since then I’ve observed performance poets,
each has individuality and some wear hats
I wanted some headwear to give me flair
and gain me more attention.
What kind of hat would pass that test?
Then…it hit me…
when falling down, a hard hat would be best.
Twice, I’ve had concussion it’s left a strong impression.
Too proud to use a stick I need this hat’s protection,
in case of scoring a ‘hat trick.’
We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of Josephine Lay's poetry book, Inside Reality. Initially published in 2016, this 2nd edition sees a new arrangement and 4 new poems from 2018. Available from Amazon etc.
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A journey through life, art & philosophy in a metaphorical style...
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Dare you climb the Mountain
Josephine Lay & Peter Lay, performing poetry at Gloucester Poetry Society's, Villanelles at Cafe Rene, Gloucester, 31st May 2018.
Photo's courtesy of The Gloucester Poetry Society.
Josephine Lay celebrating her birthday, and finishing the first draft of her second novel, 'Refuge' at The Moat House, Alcester. 25th May 2018