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
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
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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