#TPQ5: CLARE E. POTTER

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

Changed my life. I dare you; read, and see for yourself.

Lungs of My Earth: A Personal Ecology – William Henry Searle

Taught me deep listening: inner/outer. I learned from this meditative and poetic guide, to dissolve my self into landscape, learned to Be by the river, under a tree, in my heartbeat, connected to all.

Walking on Bones – Richard Gwyn

My poetry bible. These prose poems taught me about melody, about going into the unknown; they went into my dreams, carried on working deep into my own bones.

When Women Were Birds – Terry Tempest Williams

A book you want to hold in your hand as well as in your heart, long after reading. It’s about speaking, or not, about whether we tell our story or let another seek to find it. Speaking and silence both as revolutionary acts.

Firebird – Mark Doty

How he uses the metaphor of a perspective box in a gallery as a portal to locate and dissect his Story, to heal what was utterly painful, to arrive at forgiveness and share that with grace . I travelled with him to those deep corners and was only then able to write of my own.


clare is a poet who is lucky to collaborate with other inspiring artists. She made a documentary for the BBC called The Wall and the Mirror, speaks Welsh, misses New Orleans where she lived for a lifetime and admires anyone who has the courage to make an artistic mark in the world. Mostly, she’s listening to the things her children say that spark wonder and realisation. https://egjdad.wixsite.com/clareawenydd

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