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Sophie McKeand

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I am from north Wales. Living here changes your perspective on life. Yr Wyddgrug is a small town; the wind & rain stream through your soul, the trees crawl under your skin, the mountains sing. It’s a beautiful place to be... I write and perform poems, stories & songs, organise events ( and facilitate poetry workshops. I believe that communities working together ( to support each other is the only real future for us all. ‘Prophecy (Conversations with my Self)’, my first pamphlet, can be downloaded for free from The new project, 'DRKMTR', an experiment with poetry, sound and art was launched early 2012, with Steve Nicholls (sound & production) and Andy Garside (visuals/art). The album was released Spring 2012. Live shows to follow... “A lively and exciting performer” 
Childe Roland "Sophie is a fantastic performer of her spoken words. They provoke, challenge, charm and connect with the listener on a very human level and are the very stuff of what poetry should do to us. I believe her poems and know she will play her part in the culture of Wales and beyond” 
Patrick Jones Gigs, events and more live recordings can be found at: (The attached audio piece was produced by Mr Phormula - find him at


Deep I have tried to write you - failed time and again to capture your depth your essence the way in which you move now fluid now enraged now hypnotic there is electricity - the likes of which I cannot fathom in darkness that swells primordial I would be lost in you I marvel at those who are found in you but I would be lost I would talk moonshine become intoxicated bask in your shallows surf thoughts that froth over cresting waves embrace the lie that is the warmth of you you call and I dive through surreal sink into profane disperse in profound undercurrents words cannot embody you understandings glance or are drained of light before dawning - unplumbed you remain deep and I an empty shell beached like so many masquerading voices that whisper your name ............................. tides (part 1) (from Prophecy - Conversations with my Self) she flies with the tides and the thirteen cycles of the moon poor thing doesn’t she know it’s safe indoors? doesn’t she want to be clean? she wraps herself in rotting leaves in the very shit from the earth she sings to the rising moon, my love and flies with the tides poor thing ........................... tides (part 2) change is here and who knew? (when nobody could know) and who saw? (when nobody could see) and whose testimony will be read when the light goes out? (I keep no records) the brightness scalds retina a memory in defiance of death (when nothing escapes) is this the last are these the last here are the last days embraces not great enough (could anything have been great enough?) to hold steady these souls when the wave of change swallows engulfs devours I would have told you (if I’d have known) I could have held you (if I knew) I should have felt the tides ebb and fade ebb and fade ebb and fade away and all the money in the world cannot buy and all the tea in china cannot replace what was there is not there no longer here swept out from under the carpet and into the long dark night satisfaction for the dissatisfied soul - embrace change open the floodgates drown (washed clean) to be and to never be (although stillness can be found in the heart of a lake) oh to be a lake of such tiny proportions a teardrop a penny for each emotion (and thought) raining unspoken greater than the “storm in a teacup” - how presumptuous how preposterous (when the moon shone I knew better) anger does not hold me regret does not cloak me memories do not choke me but change calls me into the dawn where once you held me where once you knew me where once you saved me could I lie here and stay forever?

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Audio entries by Sophie McKeand

Standing (01/01/2011)

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John Togher

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Tue 29th Jun 2010 19:25

Cheers Sophie, for very kind words on 'How To Fix A Broken Man'.

It has been a while. Hope you're doing well and still poetrying. I'll have to get you booked in at Wigan some time.

Julian (Admin)

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Mon 28th Jun 2010 11:32

Hi Sophie. Long time no see. Glad at all that you are doing. You are a great performance poet (you was robbed at the Denbigh slam!). Cheers

Sophie McKeand

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Thu 4th Mar 2010 08:58

hey dad! thanks :) one is winging its way over to France now
love from me xxx

noel mckeand

Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:37

the age of innocence lost
really enjoyed this one sophie
jnm xx

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