I have been really lazy updating this page over the last couple of years, but 2 pieces of exciting news for me:
The first is a new anthology that I edited #MeToo- rallying against sexual assault & harassment- a women’s poetry anthology published in March 2018 by Fair Acre Press
and then the really exciting news for me is the publication of my first full collection from Nine Arches Press on May 24th 2018 Dirty Laundry
“Here is a debut collection that will sweep you away in its generous, welcoming arms: poetry that bears witness to the twin faces of pain and pleasure. Dirty Laundry is a boldly poetic treatise that examines with a stern, clear eye the ravages of male repression and violence but refuses to break faith with the human capacity for healing, growth and love. Electric with metaphor, glorying in friendship, everyday joys and the sensual delights of sex and the natural world, this collection will ambush you with sudden and surprising epiphanies gleaned from a life well lived: immersive, thrilling and redemptive.” – Jacqueline Saphra
Deborah Alma’s debut poetry collection Dirty Laundry is raucous, daring and honest, drawing contemporary women’s lives and those of our foremothers into the spotlight. It voices bold, feminist songs of praise: of persistence, survival, adventures of sexual rediscovery, each reclaiming the space to speak its mind and be heard and seen. A perfect remedy for the heartsick and weary, Alma’s intimate and particular poems are resolute enchantments, a form of robust magic.
The collection brims with poems which are unafraid of airing secrets, desires and untold stories. From growing up mixed-race and learning to survive as a woman in the world, to tales of the countryside and themes of escape and finding joy, this book of poems is as vivid as it is frank and fearless. There’ll be no need for any tears, it’ll all come out in the wash…
“These poems stand firmly on the page in torn silk stockings; they are voluptuous, defiant and hedge-witch earthy. Dirty Laundry glimmers with sequins; a speck of blood on a canine tooth; with bright new love after a season of showers.” – Helen Ivory
The Everyday Poet- poems to live by : a poetry anthology edited by Deborah Alma
This brand-new anthology holds up a mirror to our own lives, and is designed to tackle your everyday needs: whether work is getting you down, you need a moment to relax, you’re having trouble sleeping or need a little romantic guidance, this book has a poem for you.
Each poem has been carefully selected by editor Deborah Alma, the world’s first and only emergency poet, who travels in her 1970s ambulance to schools, libraries and festivals to offer consultations and prescribe poems as cures for various maladies: to comfort, purge melancholy, provide hope and give courage.
This collection will lift your mood and brighten your day, offering poetic help wherever it is needed.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/10/2016
- ISBN: 9781782436577
Emergency Poet : An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology edited by Deborah Alma
A new anthology of poems that will help you to overcome stress, depression and other anxieties.
Arranged by spiritual ailment, the sections include a range of verse, new and old, which may be of comfort to those in need of a pick-me-up for the soul.
The collection has been carefully compiled by Deborah Alma, the world’s first and only emergency poet, who travels to schools, libraries, festivals and other events in her 1970’s ambulance to offer consultations and prescribe poems as cures for various maladies.
This collection is designed to lift your mood and offers poetic help whenever it may be required.
Pages: 192 pages
Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Ltd
Publication Date: 01/10/2015
Category: Poetry anthologies (various poets)
Also published in October my first collection of poetry!
True Tales of the Countryside
Published by The Emma Press with an introduction by Helen Ivory
Deborah Alma’s poems are gloriously pungent, teeming with colours, textures and smells. In True Tales of the Countryside, her debut collection, Alma writes vividly about sex, love and ageing in rural Shropshire and Wales, and reflects on her experiences as a mixed-race, Anglo-Indian woman.
Eyeballs pop, fresh piss steams and women come – loudly – in poems which often startle with their honesty and intimacy.