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Louise Mather is a poet, writer and artist from Northern England and the founding editor of Acropolis Journal. Her pamphlet 'The Dredging of Rituals' features on Black Bough Poetry as book of the month. Her work is published in Broken Sleep Books, Fly on the Wall Press, Acumen, The North, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Green Ink Poetry, Lucy Writer's Platform, Crow & Cross Keys, Feral and Dust Poetry Magazine. A finalist in the Streetcake Writing Prize, she writes about ancestry, rituals, endometriosis, fatigue and mental health. Twitter @lm2020uk IG louise.mather.uk


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Featured Work & Commissions

Burning Ox, The North, Issue 68


The Farmer's Daughter, Broken Sleep Books, Anne-thology


​Remember, Your Reservoir Needs You, Acumen, Issue 104


Somnolentia, Crow & Cross Keys


Yarrow Falls, Fly on the Wall Press, Winter Issue


Afflictions, Ink, Sweat & Tears


Grief carried by a small whale, The Madrigal, Volume VI


Two Poems, Sunday Mornings at the River, Endometriosis Anthology


Waves, Epoch Press, Issue 4


Aponia, Dust Poetry Magazine, Issue 6


Two poems, Lucy Writer’s Platform


Period Paint Chart, Best of the Net nom, streetcake magazine, Issue 75


Seams of Juvenilia, 2nd place in the Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize, 2021.

Prophecy, longlisted for the Norman Nicholson Lockdown Poetry Competition, published in the anthology The Unpredicted Spring, 2020.​​

Eastridge Review, Featured Writer, July 2022


The Dredging of Rituals, Book of the Month, Black Bough Poetry, September 2022

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Interview on EMC 6 Things about inspiration for "The Dredging of Rituals"


Editor Interview on Duotrope


Interview on MumWrite blog


Feline Utopia Anthology, Editor, 2021​​

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The Dredging of Rituals, 2021


In The Dredging of Rituals, Louise Mather offers careful and deliberate insight regarding her own experiences with menstruation and undiagnosed endometriosis, using surreal imagery to connect these experiences to the natural world. Mather's poems are sharp and poignant, whilst tenderly revealing moments of gentle beauty and softness. Slivers of hope glisten through darkness in these abstract poems, presenting an unbridled connection with the reader that invites an opportunity to look within, with awareness, at how far we each have come and how the past, although lingering at times, can provide us with hope for the future.


Lindsey Heatherly, author of GOLDEN HOUR MINUS THE GLOW (2021)



Louise Mather's poems remind me of walking through a dark forest with slithers of light showing the way. There's such violent tenderness, with spatterings of nature, magic, trauma and inevitability. When you read her words, it feels like humanity stripped bare - and you can see the muscles, bones, arteries and the inner soul beneath.

Nikki Dudley, streetcake editor, poet and novelist.



The poems on the pages of this chapbook seem not so much written, as conjured up from some great primal ache from within the depths of the Earth’s core itself. In each piece we are transported, thrust even, on a journey through the dark forests and cavernous landscapes Louise Mather has woven together. There are full moons, woodland creatures, rust and fire forging amulets and weaponry in the darkness, and the reader is invited to observe the most intimate passages of birth, growth into womanhood, and perhaps even death, and beyond.

Elizabeth M. Castillo, poet, writer, indie-press promoter & author of Cajoncito: Poems on Love, Loss, Y Otras Locuras


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Spooky Forest

SOMNOLENTIA

Crow & Cross Keys

November 2020

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Foggy Pier

AFFLICTIONS

Ink, Sweat & Tears

April 2022

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Dry Woods

NATURE'S MASQUERADE

Green Ink Poetry

Roots Issue, October 2021, available online and in print

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Ray of Light

APONIA

Dust Poetry Magazine

January 2021 - Issue 6 - Glimmer

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Wooden House in the Forest

THE CABIN IN WINTER

Eastridge Review

Featured Writer Exclusive - July 2022

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STARGAZING WITH BEES

Feral

Issue 8 - June 2021

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River in Autumn

CATAMENIA

Not Deer Magazine

April 2021

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Gloomy Landscape

MOTHER CHRONOS

Crow & Cross Keys

December 2021

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Rocky Rapids

THE ALCHEMY OF MOSS

Dust Poetry Magazine

Issue 8 - June 2022

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Green Forest

YARROW FALLS

Fly on the Wall Press

January 2021 - Alien Winter Edition - Issue 8

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Sunset in the Woods

MENSTRUOUS

Versification

November 2020 Issue

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Tree Roots

EMPATH

Streetcake Magazine

Issue 68 - August 2020 (Part 1)

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Forest

THE WELL

Cabinet of Heed

December 2020 - Issue 41

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Jungle

NEPHILIM

December 2021

Amethyst Review

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Upright Piano

CHAPPELL 1811

Fevers of the Mind

February 2022

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Jellyfish

DERMATILLOMANIA

Odd Magazine

Issue 36: Ritual - February 2021

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Easter Eggs on Hay

SILHOUETTES OF SPRING

Hecate Magazine

March 2021 - Volume II

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Science Museum Space Exploration

THE VAULTS

Streetcake Magazine

April 2021 - Issue 72 (Part 2)

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Trees Reflection in the Water

A FAIRY TALE IN RETROGRADE

Crow & Cross Keys

March 2021

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Star Cluster

MOON PARADE

Nymphs

July 2021

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Science Museum Space Exploration

ORACLE

Full House Literary

January 2022

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Black Sky

STARS OF TABULA RASA

2nd place in Rare Swan Press Competition

December 2021

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Water Droplets

PORCELAIN

Streetcake Magazine

December 2020 - Issue 70 (Part 2)

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Feathers

THE PEACOCK

Cabinet of Heed

Issue 37 - August 2020 (Drawer 3)

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GROTTO

Nymphs

January 2021

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Coastline at Sunset

TO GO WADING

Idle Ink

November 2020

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Forest Scene

PROPHECY

The Unpredicted Spring

Lockdown Poetry 2020

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Pounce

ISADORA'S FAMILIAR

Odd Magazine

Issue 36: Ritual - February 2021

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NORTHERN QUARTER DOLL

Fly on the Wall Press

January 2021 - Alien Winter Edition - Issue 8

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Spring Forest

STONE OF A MANDRAKE

Hecate Magazine

Birth Anthology - 20th June 2021

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LUNAR DUST

A Drunken Midsommar Anthology

The Daily Drunk Mag

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Ocean

SEAMS OF JUVENILIA

2nd place in streetcake competition

Available in print anthology, November 2021

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Crater

PORTALS

Coven Poetry

Issue 2 - May 2021 (asemic/artwork)

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Snowy Mountain Sunset

CRYSTALLINE

Lanke Review

Issue 2: Memory - May 2021

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Asteroid

THE EQUATION OF SUNRISE

Coven Poetry

Issue 2 - May 2021 (asemic/artwork)

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UMBILICA

Dust Poetry Magazine

Issue 7 - Connection - May 2021

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Abstract Paint

THEORY OF ASYMMETRY

Beir Bua Journal

June 2021 (asemic/artwork)

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Inside a Wave

THE CAVERN

Hecate Magazine: Decay - Winter Anthology

October 2021

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Stars

MAPS OF CORAL

Selcouth Station

October 2021

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Dark Clouds

THE DESCENT OF PORTALS

Fevers of the Mind

February 2022

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Forest Grass

NIGHTINGALE

Full House Literary

January 2022

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Underwater

MYTH IS YOUR REFLECTION

Fevers of the Mind

February 2022

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Abstract Liquid

METRONOME

Crow of Minerva

November 2021

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Fiery Sun

SOLAR TERMINUS

Crow of Minerva

November 2021

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Ocean Water

MARINE

Crow of Minerva

November 2021

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