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Circling the core
Myra Schneider
Paperback / softback
Enitharmon Press
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Myra Schneider's new collection opens with a sequence inspired by one of Barbara Hepworth's sculptures and explores the idea of core from different angles. This theme recurs throughout as Schneider tries to capture the sense of what a bird is, searches out what lies at the heart of memories, fraught contemporary situations, ancient places and dream visions. The same need to investigate underlies poems about women's experience. These include a narrative, Hotel', and a monologue, Eurydice's Version', which reinterpets the Orpheus myth.

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Myra Schneider spent most of her childhood on the Firth of Clyde, lived in Chichester during her teens and has lived in London since she went to University.
She is the author of four poetry collections by Littlewood Press, three novels for children and teenagers by Heinemann and six collections by Enitharmon Press: Exits (1994), The Panic Bird (1998), Insisting on Yellow (2000), Multiplying The Moon (2004), Circling The Core (2008) and The Door to Colour (2014). Her poem ?Goulash' from this book
was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, 2007. Second Light Publications published her long narrative poem, Becoming in 2007. Writing for Self-Discovery co-written with John Killick was published by Element Books in 1997. Writing My Way Through Cancer, her fleshed-out diary with poem notes, poems and therapeutic writing ideas was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2003. Writing Your Self, a resource book of personal writing co-written with John Killick
was published by Continuum International in 2009. Myra has co-edited four anthologies of poetry by contemporary women poets.
She is an experienced writing tutor and works as a core tutor for The Poetry School. She is consultant to the Second Light Network of women poets. She taught literacy and communication to severely disabled adults at a day centre for many years.

"I opened it at the page that contains 'Goulash' and began to feel that familiar (though it is never familiar, it is always new, always surprising) sensation of the air slowly leaving my lungs, my pulse rate slowing, and my eyes pricking with moisture." -Anthony Wilson,

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Sculpture - Poetry.
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