Katrina Naomi

Katrina Naomi: Featured Poet


This is unknown;
my bright, berry blood comes late,
follows a new calendar.

Soon, I’ll say goodbye
to this belching red,
this faint anaemia, goodbye

to the children
I never wanted. Last night,
walking back from the village,

I saw them in the waning moon,
holding hands, running
away from me.

(Commended in the Poetry Society’s 2011 Stanza Competition)


Katrina Naomi’s first full collection The Girl with the Cactus Handshake was shortlisted for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer’s award. Her pamphlet Lunch at the Elephant & Castle  won the 2008 Templar Poetry Competition. In 2009-10, Katrina was the first writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, W Yorks. A collection of her Bronte-themed poems Charlotte Bronte’s Corset was published in 2010 by the Bronte Society. Katrina is working towards a new collection while studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. She is originally from Margate and lives in south London. Visit Katrina’s site.

2 thoughts on “Katrina Naomi: Featured Poet”

  1. No wonder this poem was commended at Stanza. It catches it all – the uncertainty, the changes, the moon, and the sight of the children “never wanted”. Great poem. And I’m exploring your web site. Thanks.

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