Ayelet McKenzie has lived in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, for 32 years and began writing poetry there. She says:
'I write poetry for (in the words of Brené Brown), “Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world,” and poetry is my medium. I have always written. It used to be short stories. Now I enjoy writing mostly poetry.'
Ayelet's writing has been published in
Equinox; Obsessed With Pipework; The New Writer;
Poetry International Nottingham; Other Poetry; Assent; Pennine Platform; Understanding Magazine; The Frogmore Papers; Weyfarers; Quantum Leap; Orbis; Dream Catcher; Paragrammers; Sarasvati; and Reach Poetry.
Pamphlets by Ayelet McKenzie:
Waiting for an Angel (Selkirk Lapwing Press, 2007) Small Bear (Caterpillar Press, 2017)
The Patient is Disappointing (Tidefall Press, 1999); Courting the Asylum (Survivors Press, 2009)
From 'Messages Written on Envelope Backs' (2018)
The wind, tired of
gale-force seriousness and disruption,
uprooting trees and houses
blowing across the land making
decided to have some fun.
Saw the little boy with the balloon
and saw him drop it.
Fell in love with it, its taut ruby skin,
and whisked it away
on a gust of euphoria,
on an expedition of its own,
out of reach of the kindly man who
tried to retrieve it, running breathless.
Then tired of the sport, turned tack and
blew the balloon full circle and back,into
the arms of the waiting child.
Perfect bound paperback:
210mm x 150mm
MESSAGES WRITTEN ON ENVELOPE BACKS
by Ayelet McKenzie
Published by Dempsey & Windle in 2018
" With a brevity and impact which call to mind Emily Dickinson, these poems startle us not only with the freshness and originality of their imagery but with the astuteness and the honesty of their perceptions. .”