The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Missing Soul’ by Joanna Halliday
As Autumn kicks into gear we welcome a new face: Joanna Halliday, whose piece 'Missing Soul' becomes the latest Poem of the Week. As always, you'll find the poem in this article if you missed it when it was first posted on Write Out Loud, along with Joanna's answers to our Q&A. Happy reading!
How long have you been writing poetry and what was your initial influence for doing so?
High school was where I wrote my first poem. That was about 10 years ago. I had a lot going on and I really needed an outlet. We learned about writing poems in English class. I had a wonderful teacher who encouraged me to write! Once I got to college, I took a few courses which broadened my understanding and solidified my love and need for writing poems.
Is there a particular style of poetry that you enjoy writing more than others, if so why?
I love writing free verse and short poems and I most recently have been writing a bit of lyric poetry. I am always impressed when I come across poetry conveying large, complex ideas in so few words.
Have you ever performed your work, if so any advice for those still to do so?
I have, but to be quite honest, in mostly safe spaces up until this point. Performing my work in front of an audience whom I am unfamiliar is something I plan to do by the end of this month! It’s a goal of mine and my advice to anyone thinking about performing, I say find a local spot, bring some support and just do it!
If you could only have one poetry book which one would it be?
Anything by Sylvia Plath or Shakespeare
Which four persons, living or dead would you like to share your last meal with?
Hands down, my family. Which 4 members, I dare not say!
by Joanna Halliday
I come to at half past three
in the middle of the night
and these images won't erase
I'm haunted by the tape
once it is light
your hands disappear
my brain is mine
and my limbs come crawling back
but the tape keeps playing
I know there's no escape
because night always falls
then I fall into you
and my mind leaves me
with no thoughts left to think
I make my way
the void is frictionless
when my blood turns cold
I'm not afraid
I leave my body behind
the soul finds a way
it's dark and it's silent and I can't stop
I just can't stop
it's grotesque, hate dipped love
misery and its constant compulsion
my mouth aches and you kiss me anyway
I wait for your eyes to glaze
then I wake up