Unreal, uncertain, unqualified poetry
Poetry interests me in a number of ways. First and foremost, it’s always been an emotional outlet for me, which I only started sharing in Spring 2018, posting my poems on social media under the haigo @Haikurkbride.
But my poetry also increasingly overlaps with my ecocritical research: for me, poetry is an ideal mode through which to express ecoanxiety and solastalgia. I am particularly drawn to the forms of haiku and haibun, which allow me to explore the intersections between mindfulness and the natural world. I think that only by taking the time to observe and ingest our environment can we begin to unpack our complex and often repressed relationship to it.
I am also interested in sharing the ideas and experiences ecocritical poetry offers with other people: I’ve had several publications, worked with Wagamama to create an engaging haiku competition space, am listed on the Haiku Foundation Registry, and become a member of the fabulous British Haiku Society (which I really recommend to any other haiku enthusiasts!) So, if you’d like to chat about readings, workshops or running competitions, please do get in touch.
Shortlisted for the Museum of Haiku Literature Award 2019 | December 2019
Single haiku | Blithe Spirit 29.3, August 2019
Single haiku | Frogpond 41.3, January 2019
Two haiku | Blithe Spirit, December 2018
Single haiku | Wild: British Haiku Society Anthology, November 2018
Three haiku | Blithe Spirit, August 2018