Joy Howard

Arachne Press



ISBN: 9781909208391 


Publication date: 17 April 2017

Rights: Translation



Joy Howard has something to say in her poems about nature, and human nature, and about grief, and time, and memory. Her combination of tender but acute observation and mordant wit is reminiscent of U.A. Fanthorpe. ‘These are strong, womanly poems, characterised by the uncluttered vision of a poet who tells her own truth, regardless of whether she is wryly considering the contents of the myth-kitty or looking afresh at earlier anger and later loss. An engaging simplicity of language and expression gives the whole collection a powerful honesty. You can rely on these poems; they will not let you down.’ Ann Drysdale

Joy Howard

Joy Howard has been writing poetry for over 40 years. It was coming out as lesbian that set the ball rolling. Her collection Exit Moonshine charts the ups and downs of what followed. She has run Grey Hen Press since 2008, publishing themed anthologies (23 so far) showcasing older women’s poetry. Her own poems have appeared in several poetry journals, been widely anthologised and can be seen online at .  She has three collections: Exit Moonshine (Grey Hen Press 2009), Refurbishment (Ward Wood Publications 2011) and Foraging (Arachne Press 2016).