Myra Schneider's Poetry WebsiteMyra Schneider

Myra Schneider
Please note the letter R between my first and second names.

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 Enitharmon collection, The Door to Colour, was launched at Enitharmon's shop and gallery in London last week. The book is officially published at the beginning of November but copies of it are available now both from me post free and it can also be ordered directly from Enitharmon:

Phone 020 7430 0844

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.

There is a new in depth review of Circling The Core on the internet by poet Christopher James link and there are brief excerpts from it on the Circling The Core page

There is an in-depth review of What Women Want on the internet on the blogsite/webzine of Californian journalist and poet Jamie Dedes on 3 February.

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.

My booklet What Women Want has recently come out from Second Light Publications. Its key poem, a 10 page narrative Caroline Norton, is about the dramatic and tragic life of this writer. She was the first person in Victorian times to gain some rights in law for women. See Recent News and and also the page called What Women Want.

My two Poetry School Courses:

My regular course Taking Your Writing Further is full for the moment but it would be possible to accept one more person in Poetry and Prose. These are continuing monthly courses for experienced writers keen to develop their work. (Taking Your Writing Further is for advanced writers) For full details please see Please do feel free to apply to me with samples your work either for now or next term for Poetry and Prose or for the future for the other course by email

Please send work as a Word Attachment. For Taking Your Writing Further send six poems, for Prose and Poetry send 3 poems or 2/3 pages of prose [or short samples of both]. Both workshops take place at my house which is in Arnos Grove North London, 10 minutes walk from Arnos Grove Underground Station on the Piccadilly Line. I also offer tutorials both through the Poetry School and privately and from next year I am willing to take on some mentoring. Please email me directly about tutorials or mentoring.

  Hear Me Reading One Of My Poems On You Tube  
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  Writing Your Self  
  Circling the Core  
  Poetry Publications
  Poetry Readings  
  Creative Writing Courses  
  Images of Women
  Second Light Network for Women Poets
  Poetry Books I have Edited
  Writing My Way Through Cancer
  Writing for Self-Discovery
  About Myself
  My Links    
  The Poetry School


I step from a taxi to a scent that hints
tropical heat, to the glass shine
of doors opening to other lives.
And it's real - the perfume piercing
the air is everywhere, its source
the blossom in small white marriages
on trees nested with globes, each
so orange it carries the red tinge
of a huge moon slung low in the sky.

The trees stand in pairs sweetening
avenue, square, passageway.
And at the centre of old courtyards,
whose Moorish arches lead to rooms
silken with darkness, I come upon them
standing in epiphanies of light
as if they never shed rubbery leaves,
ecstatic blossom, as if their oranges
are the perpetual I'm continually trying
to cup in my hands without questioning
whether always is a prize I want.

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