I am a British poet, a poetry and writing tutor and author with John Killick of the resource book of personal writing literatuare, Writing Your Self. I am also author of the acclaimed book: Writing My Way Through Cancer.
worth getting hold of if you like your poetry emotionally vulnerable,
richly allusive and superbly poised between past and present." This
is how Jane Holland reviewed my work in Poetry London.
My new collection, The Door to Colour is now officially published - see details and cover further down this page.
Her Wings of Glass, an anthology of ambitious poetry by contemporary women poets funded by The Arts Council of England and edited by Penelope Shuttle, Dilys Wood and myself has been published by Second Light Publications and was launched on November 22nd. It includes 200 pages of poems by 137 poets, a cross-section of well and less-known poets. The poems are arranged in 8 different sections. For more details about ordering directly from Dilys Wood at the very special introductory offer price see: http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk/downloads/herwingsofglassoffer.pdf
THE DOOR TO COLOUR
Here is the beginning of an in-depthreview of The Door to Colour which American poet and writer, Lance Lee has put on Amazon UK:
Metamorphoses: a review of Myra Schneider's The Door to Colour
This book is a cause for celebration, Myra Schneider's first full collection in six years, a sustained meditation first on color, and then on the self. The sheer energy and animation of the language is remarkable: "…Go into/the garden where dandelions pit themselves/against primroses…" she writes in "Garden", or "At last the rain has ceased so open/the back door and go down the steps", in "Garden", or "But when winter pelted me with rain and bullied me with winds" in "The Minotaur". Her sustained liveliness reminds me of Pasternak in My Sister - Life, as in "There pines toss, impregnating the air/with resin, and the garden/scatters its eyeglasses in the grass/where shadows read a book", taken at random from "The Mirror". Keats has the same animate lines in his odes: that animation is one of the hallmarks of great poetry. (You can read the rest of the review here)
My poem, Goulash which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize (in Circling The Core) is now on you tube read by me. If you would like to listen to it please follow this link - hopefully you can make the click go straight to the video.
It is now possible to view the interview I did with Maitreyabandhu in July at the wonderful Poetry East venue he has set up at the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. To see it just key 'Myra Schneider at Poetry East - You Tube' into google. The 40 minute interview begins with Maitreyabandhu asking me why I chose The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Morning Song by Sylvia Plath, as two poems which had influenced me, to be read to the audience at the beginning of the evening's event. He then asks me about my life and the different areas of my poetry and writing. The sound recording is not perfect but it is quite possible to hear with the volume turned up.
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