Sometimes I feel just like poor little Anne Bradstreet, America's First Lady Poet
In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth OF HAPPY MEMORY. The Proeme.
ALthough great Queen thou now in silence lye, Yet thy loud Herald Fame doth to the sky Thy wondrous worth proclaim in every Clime, And so hath vow'd while there is world or time. So great's thy glory and thine excellence, The sound thereof rapts every humane sence, That men account it no impiety, To say thou wert a fleshly Diety. Thousands bring offerings (though out of date) Thy world of honours to accumulate, 'Mongst hundred Hecatombs of roaring verse, Mine bleating stands before thy royal Herse. Thou never didst nor canst thou now disdain T' accept the tribute of a loyal brain. Thy clemency did yerst esteem as much The acclamations of the poor as rich, Which makes me deem my rudeness is no wrong, Though I resound thy praises 'mongst the throng.
Critics and academics throw all kinds of terms around - writer, lady-writer, feminist, post-feminist, journo, hack - I've heard them all, but I prefer to call myself 'woman' or 'Posie Rider', because that's my name.
You will no doubt recognise me as the famous author of The Suffragettes - Why? and the groundbreaking novel Me, Tim and my Quim. That's probably why you've stumbled upon this blog and want to hear my thoughts on Feminism, Literature and Herstory. But being this intelligent hasn't been easy: I've lived through Merlot fuelled nights and had my share of ink stained hands, sex and prescription drugs, but all that's kept me going is the power of words to change the world - forever!
I'm delighted to be attending the SoundEye poetry festival in Cork, Ireland 13-17th July, not least because I will be running my mouth (professionally, as a poet) but because some of my favourite writers will be attending! Hurrah!
Tom Raworth got stuck in the snow, but Justin Katko stepped up to read with nick-e melville, Sophie Stamina and myself on December 3rd in the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. The event was organised by the gorgeous Colin Herd (deets on Anything.Anymore.Anywhere. HERE. ) and we should expect more from this joyous reading series/journal.
Didn't everyone love Openned? On the 27th October 2010, at the Corsica Studios, we all won poetry!
I was overjoyed to be invited to read at the Scree 2 launch in Edinburgh on 15th September 2010. Read a review here! -
A big thank you to those of you who attended a reading of my poetry with other Freak Lung contributers, in honour of Barry McSweeney at the Morton Tower in Newcastle on Sunday 27th June.
Keep updated as to my Posie movements at posierider @ gmail.com !
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