Siege and Symphony

The Last Parent

Persephone in Finsbury Park


Her Wings of Glass

Images of Women

What Women Want

Inside the Brightness of Red


As Birds Do


My Mother Threw Knives

Four Caves of the Heart

Making Worlds


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ARTEMISpoetry is the bi-annual journal (November and May) of the Second Light Network, published under their Second Light Publications imprint. Members receive a copy as part of their membership benefits. Issues are available to non-members by subscription at £12 p.a.(plus p&p) or as a one-off purchase at £7 (plus p&p) a copy or £5 per copy as a pdf file.
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Siege and Symphony, Myra Schneider

This first full-length collection by Myra Schneider from Second Light Publications, our Consultant for more than 25 years, is named for the long poem focussed on war, oppression and resistance in mid-C20 Russia, the siege of Leningrad and the composer Shostakovich (the face on the cover). Other poems in the book relate to Schneider’s well-known active social conscience about, for example, climate-change and homelessness, and her understanding of trauma from within. Read Basil Clarke interview, February 2022, at Poetry in Palmers Green
Second Light Publications, Autumn 2021
ISBN: 978-0-9927088-4-9  £9.95 (current discount offer £8 incl. UK p&p) (86pp)
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The Last Parent, Anne Stewart

As well as a wide selection of Stewart’s poems since The Janus Hour (Oversteps, 2010), this collection includes a highly original sequence of some 30 poems under the eponymous title , which focusses on the bereaved daughter’s role as Executor. On The Last Parent sequence: “ … Anne does not flinch from the macabre humour that can creep into dreadful situations, to help us through … this collection has moved me greatly.” (Caroline Carver). See sample poems and readers’ comments at Anne’s website.

Second Light Publications, April 2019,
ISBN: 978-0-9927088-3-2  £9.95 incl UK p&p, (96pp)
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Persephone in Finsbury Park, Myra Schneider

“Myra Schneider’s poetry is rare in seeming both richly spontaneous and finely controlled … these sensuous and generous poems are far-reaching … Fascinated by the texture of the world, again and again, with a sure touch, she brings its multiplicities to life.” (Moniza Alvi)

Second Light Publications, 2016,
ISBN: 978-0-9927088-2-5 Retail £7.95 incl UK p&p, (47pp)
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Fanfare, anthology

“As a trumpet-call of celebration, Fanfare is exactly the right title for this anthology” (Dr R V Bailey) Another new substantial anthology, 241 poems, 167 women poets. Sister anthology to Her Wings of GlassMore and names of contributors here.

Second Light Publications, 2015,
eds. Wendy French and Dilys Wood
ISBN: 978-0-9927088-1-8 Retail £12.95 plus p&p, (198pp)
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Her Wings of Glass, anthology

“What do women write when not about our bodies? Everything!” A new substantial anthology, 237 poems, 134 women poets. This anthology complements (but is not a repeat of) ‘Images of Women’ (see offer). The publication is supported and enabled by an ACE grant and a private donation. More and names of contributors here.

Second Light Publications, 2014,
eds. Myra Schneider, Penelope Shuttle and Dilys Wood
ISBN: 978-0-9927088-0-1 Retail £12.95 plus p&p, (211pp)
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Images of Women, anthology

"This is a book that has been waiting to be written since, perhaps, the nineteen-seventies, when women at last began to play a serious part in the world of poetry. These images of women are images of women by women, constructed out of twenty-first century consciousness, unmediated by the male gaze."
                                      U A Fanthorpe
Arrowhead Press in association with Second Light, 2006,
eds. Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood
ISBN 10: 1-904852-14-9 ISBN 13: 978-1-904852-14-8, retail £12.95, (211 pp)
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What Women Want

What Women Want, Myra Schneider

Myra Schneider has published 10 collections of poetry, including Circling the Core (Enitharmon Press, 2008). She is a poet of contrasts: celebrating nature, landscape, art, music – all forms of human creativity and empathy; angry about and roundly condemning social injustice. A ten-page narrative poem about the reformer Caroline Norton (1808-1877) moves with pace and passion forming the core of the book. Esther Morgan says of it: “…While many of the poems record the terrible injustices suffered by women throughout history, they are also a passionate call to action. Humming with Wordsworth’s ‘force which rolls through all things’ (quoted in her poem Cropthorne Church) Schneider has faith in the power of words to affect change…”
Second Light Publications, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9546934-9-7, (48 pp), £6.95 incl. UK p&p.
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Inside the Brightness of Red, Mary MacRae

a second, posthumous, collection of poetry by Mary MacRae. Inside the Brightness of Red. In her Afterword, Mimi Khalvati says of these poems, ‘We cannot read Mary without becoming her, so strong is her empathy with all living things, so intense her desire to be fully alive, so palpable her sense of mortality.’ The wide range of poems here includes poignant work written when she was terminally ill but also beautiful lyric poems about childhood, youth, relations with parents, marriage, friendship and her responses to art and nature. RECOMMENDED Poetry Society Summer Reads 2014
Second Light Publications, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9546934-8-0, (96 pp), £8.95, non-members please add £1.50 per book p&p. (see offer with order form)
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Antarctica, Dilys Wood

Dilys Wood’s new collection, Antarctica is all about The White Continent and includes the long poem The South Pole Inn, which invents a meeting in the West of Ireland in the 1920’s between the real-life Endurance Expedition heroes, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean. The meeting leads to a fictional love and adventure story…
Dilys is donating all proceeds from sales of her book to Second Light Network funds.
Greendale Press, 2008
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As Birds Do, Mary MacRae

This is MacRae’s first poetry collection. She is published in journals and many anthologies. She lives in London but has travelled widely and has close connections with Kent and [West] Wales. Outer landscapes in city and countryside are often her entry point to the inner, spiritual landscape explored in her poems.
Second Light Publications, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9546934-3-5, £7.95, (68 pp) (Members £7)

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Becoming, Myra Schneider

"Becoming centres on the highly individual voices of four people as they help each other to escape from intricate patterns of prejudice, frustration and self-doubt. Expert plotting sets up tensions, contrasts, echoes, cuts unexpectedly from voice to voice, while evocative descriptions engage the imagination. Becoming recaptures for modern poetry the neglected ground of dramatic narrative."
                                      Anne Cluysenaar
Second Light Publications, 2007
ISBN: 0-9546934-2-6, £5.95, (47 pp)
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My Mother Threw Knives, anthology

sister-publication (pamphlet-style) to Images of Women, Second Light Publications, 2006, eds. Wendy French, Maggie Sawkins and Dilys Wood
ISBN: 0-9546934-1-8, £4.50, (77 pp)

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Four Caves of the Heart, anthology

... (Second Light Publications') first independent publication celebrates the work of members with exceptional talent but who are not yet widely known. We think you will find these voices interesting, distinctive and compelling.
Second Light Publications, 2004, eds. Myra Schneider and Caroline Price
ISBN: 0-9546934-0-x, £8.95 (119 pp)
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Making Worlds, anthology

...a major anthology of poetry by women writers in Britain. It is the first such anthology produced in this century and it demonstrates the strength of women's writing today and its increasing contribution to the poetry of the last thirty years. The editors have aimed to show the imaginative power, depth of thought and range of content in women’s work.
Headland in association with Second Light, 2003, eds. Myra Schneider, Dilys Wood and Gladys Mary Coles
ISBN: 1-902096-70-3, £10.95, (272 pp)


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Parents, anthology

...includes poems by 114 poets living in Britain about their own parents and has work both by established writers and exciting newcomers.
Enitharmon in association with Second Light, 2000, eds. Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood
ISBN: 1 900564 71 8, £8.95, (218 pp)