Biography of Helen Ivory
Helen Ivory was born in Luton in 1969 but has lived in Norwich for nearly 20 years. She did a Foundation Art and Design and has a BA (hons) in Cultural Studies from Norwich School of Art and Design. In 1999 she won a major Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors for a collection of then unpublished poems and in 2005 she was given an Art’s Council Writer’s Award.
She has three collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books The Double Life of Clocks (2002) and The Dog in the Sky (2006) The Breakfast Machine (2010) . She has taught creative writing for Continuing Education at UEA for ten years and has been Course Director for the creative writing program there for seven years. She also teaches for the Arvon Foundation and the Poetry School. She is an editor for the Poetry Archive and edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears.
Helen Ivory's Works:
The Double Life of Clocks, Bloodaxe Books,2002
The Dog in the Sky, Bloodaxe Books,2006
The Breakfast Machine, Bloodaxe Books,2010
Helen Ivory Poems
Apples And Stars
Your face is melting into her face, the room spins three sixty; there are birds and sirens everywhere. The sofa is on the ceiling;
The Breakfast Machine
Behind a wood sliding door the whistling and grinding of a great machine brings us slowly, inexorably
Night-Time At The Office
The solitary light at the top of the office block way after midnight where a hand in the darkness
Residents are ghosts; sheet-covered in every room.
In That House
Every floorboard is a tip-off, every door a squealer, the telephone has your number.
In That House
Every floorboard is a tip-off,
every door a squealer,
the telephone has your number.
The people that live there
have sewn buttons to their lips
but to still a heart-beat is harder.
Only the cellar
holds silence like an egg
in a tank of dark water.