March 5th, 2020 – Guest Poet: Rachel Clyne

Rachael Clyne

Rachael comes from Glastonbury and is a psychotherapist who has published self-help books as well as poetry.  She is well known on the poetry circuit.   Her prizewinning collection Singing at the Bone Tree is published by Indigo Dreams.  Her work appears in many anthologies and journals.

These include Tears in the Fence, Prole, The Rialto, Under the Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Lighthouse and Acumen.   Her latest pamphlet Girl Golem is published by 4Ward Press.  

Rachael’s mother and  father migrated to the UK from Ukrainian Russia with their parents in 1912.  A migrant heritage and a sense of otherness are the main themes of Girl Golem and draws on family, childhood and loss   Her perspective is quirky and peppered with humour. 

Eco poems, nature and eco issues have long been a passion. Rachael’s collection ‘Singing at the Bone Tree’  is about our longing for and relationship with the wild. At the age of 70, she has become an ‘uncooperative crusty and terrorist’ member of Extinction Rebellion and also Poets for the Planet, initiated by Jaqueline Safra – a forum for poets to dedicate their work and read at events in response to the climate crisis.

About Girl Golem:

‘These thought provoking and deftly crafted poems are a playful and powerful examination of identity, sexuality, heritage and family dynamics’.   Julia Webb

‘In these evocative , spirited poems, Clyne implicitly argues for faith in our own humanity and for the richness of difference.   Carrie Etter

Rachael’s poetry, accumulates a series of tensions within her Sixties free-spirited identity and Jewish heritage.’   David Caddy