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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Guest Post: Jade Kennedy of Silver Threads

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At the Other End:

'Silver Threads' is the first collection of poetry by Jade Kennedy, one of the most recent literary talents to emerge from the city of Hull. Like the 'white wild flower sprung up between the cracks' of her opening poem, Jade's poetic voice has its roots in urban reality, its attention fixed at the sky, and a considerable elegance of its own.

The poems are filled to the brim with rich, descriptive images to savour, illuminated by moonlight and a scattering of stars - and a sincere respect for our literary heritage, with subtle nods to Robert Frost and Virginia Woolf along the way. Put simply, this is a collection that deserves a place in your life and on your Kindle; download it now to see why.

 




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Well lucky you... here's one of the poems from Silver Threads just for you all :)

The Crows

I had a dream last night  
that I stood in a field of pure white wheat 
and it swayed and bowed to the will of the wind. 
The sky grew angry and started to cry. 
The wheat wilted and rotted away. 
Underneath the wheat 
crows had been hiding 
and now hundreds of them 
spread their wings and took to the sky, 
turning day to night. 

The stars came out 
and yawned and stretched. 
They saw me standing, watching 
and one by one started to sing.  
In the middle of the field 
a tree began to play music, 
like a music box without the ballerina. 
The tree started flowering the whitest of roses,  
and the petals fell in time with the tune. 
Each petal had a message 
written in black ink; 
"Vous et nul autre"



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Author Bio...
Jade Kennedy is a poet and lives in Yorkshire in the north of England. Silver Threads is her first collection of poetry. She is an avid reader of historical fiction, a cat lover and blogger.
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Poetry and Me


I have always loved writing, ever since I can remember I have loved pens, pencils and paper. I had pretty notebooks by the dozen but for many years they were kept in pristine condition. Some I classed as ‘far too pretty to write in’ others were filled with random thoughts. It was difficult knowing that all I wanted to do was write but not what I wanted to write. I tried to write stories, year after year, but they were cold and lifeless, my characters wooden and one dimensional. Even if I eventually thought of a story that flowed slightly better than my other attempts, I just ‘ran out of steam.’

I first thought about writing poetry in my late teens, but simply as a way to release anger and as a vent for depression. These poems were dark and personal, had no imagery or flow but were just as I said, an outlet. I finally came into my own with poetry in 2009, I finally felt like I had found my niche.

I wrote like a demon that year and filled notebooks, one after the other with poetry, thoughts and poetic fragments that came into my mind that would later become more poetry. I write about what I love and what inspires me, I lot of poetry that I come across is about the everyday, ‘The Walk in the Park’ or ‘The Conversation I had the Other Day.’ I prefer to write about life and love, magic and nature! I have often said that if I had to teach someone my style of writing I would say ‘take what inspires you and tell me what is tastes of? What does it sound like? What would be the aroma of sunlight if it had one?’ I love mixing up all the senses in my writing. A lot of my poetry involves dreams, madness, all different parts of love and relationships. Life is varied and amazing and I think poetry should be about the essence of life, distilled into a few sentences, I don’t know if anyone else would agree with me or not! Lol

I had ’Silver Threads’ (my first collection) of poetry published this year by Valley Press, a small publishing house in the north of England. It has been amazing to see something that I created in print and I have had nothing but lovely comments and positive feedback from the people who have read it. Some people simply say that they don’t like poetry or ‘don’t get it’ and I can understand this! But I have a small hope that maybe some of my poetry might change their minds and they will realise that not all poetry is the same.

Thank you Gina for the opportunities for the guest blog J

~ Jade Kennedy



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1 comment:

  1. So I'm not the only one to think certain notebooks are "too pretty to write in." =)

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