Smashed glass at midnight

“This collection is the work of a confident and skilled poet with a clear vision of what she wants to convey. These poems are an exploration of the emotional expression of loss; loss of self, loss of another and loss of connection. For unlike much confessional poetry, these poems don’t lay anything bare. In fact, reading these poems provokes more questions than answers. Julie pulls us in with the imagery, her intimate tone – we feel as those we are being spoken to as a confidante – and yet we are deflected the moment curiosity gets the better of us. Julie’s poetry cuts away at the perfect moment with imagery so devastating that we are viscerally aware this experience is the important element, regardless of the backstory. Broken glass, knives, scissors, distant moons, scars, eggshells, broken bones and the clipped shapes of paper dolls – the truth is protected behind these images while we are asked to share the consequences, the raw experience of loss.”

Rachael Mead, author of The Sixth Creek and The Quiet Blue World and Other Poems.


“The poems are about loss in a number of contexts, including failing relationships, childlessness, hospital admissions and dementia. Each poem brings a distilled image with an intense focus where the abstract and the unseen often become embodied things. Emotions also become living entities through the use of visual metaphor, that communicate with, possess and control the speaker. These poems have the feel of a dreamlike distance as if the speaker is looking back on the past, detached from an earlier self where there was a sense of loss of control; where her body, hands and mouth had their own minds.”

Karen Dennison, author of Counting Rain


“Her poems are sharp and unusual using imagery that is bold and personal, and leaves its scent.”

Catherine Smith, award-winning poet, fiction writer and author of The Butcher’s Hands, a Poetry Book Society recommendation.