(“There are no witches, only women.” Female protester, outside the Witch Museum, Zugarramurdi, Spain, 24 March 2019)
under a shirt
or just something
have always thought
impaled on pins
Louise Longson started writing poetry in her late 50s, during isolation in lockdown 2020. She is widely published in print and online, and author of the chapbooks Hanging Fire (Dreich Publications, 2021) and Songs from the Witch Bottle: cytoplasmic variations (Alien Buddha Press, 2022). A qualified psychotherapist, she works remotely from her home in a small village for a charity that offers a listening service to people whose physical and emotional distress is caused by loneliness and historic trauma. Her poems are inspired by a bringing together of her personal and work experiences, myth and legend, and the natural environment.
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