Katherine Crocker

Mandala

When I am the harbour,
you are the lamp shining
from the lighthouse.
Your beam is a warning.

When I am the lighthouse,
you are the sailor
navigating the shore.
In your hand is the anchor.

When I am the anchor,
you are the boat.
I hold you close
when the storm blows.

When I am the boat,
you are the harbour.
Both of us are nothing
without the water.

I started to write in 2002 after attending Carole Bromley’s York University evening class. I loved it from the start and my first poem was published in 2004. The subjects I write about vary from personal poems about family and loved ones to political narratives, myth and fairy tales. I have been commended in various competitions; was runner up in the Writers Inc, Writer-of-the-Year 2007; published in the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Prize anthology 2009; winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize in 2010; and short-listed for the inaugural Poetry School/Pighog Press Pamphlet Prize in 2013. My first poetry collection, Long Exposure at Cordoba (available on Amazon) was published in 2012 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. The poems are wide-ranging in subject but the themes are about changing landscapes and seasons and include personal narratives as well as poems about myth and folk tales. I am interested in the visual arts and work with Joseph Crocker, an illustrator. He has done seven illustrations in my book, Long Exposure at Cordoba. We are now working on a second collection. Joseph has also done illustrations for music and theatre work. When not writing, I spend my time playing guitar, singing (two CDs to date) and gardening. I also love to travel and take photographs. I had a photographic exhibition at the York City Screen gallery in 2010 entitled, “On the way to Timbuktu – a journey through Mali”, and I won the Explore Worldwide Travel Photograph Competition in 2012. I have lived and worked in York for a long time and although I like to travel to different parts of the world, I love coming home.

I started to write in 2002 and my first poem was published in 2004. The subjects I write about vary from personal poems about family and loved ones to political narratives, myth and fairy tales. I was winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize in 2010; and my first poetry collection, Long Exposure at Cordoba was published in 2012 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. When not writing, I spend my time playing guitar, singing and gardening. I also love to travel and take photographs.