Recent Work

The image is of buttercup and forget-me-not petals arranged on three lines like a haiku, with each petal representing one syllable.
Wildflower Poem by Josephine Corcoran

Two new poems forthcoming (Spring, 2022) in Under the Radar magazine.

November, 2021: Two poems, ‘Self-Portrait as an Oversized Cardigan’ and ‘Reading Poems with Evacuees at the Memory Loss Café’ published in Raceme magazine.

October, 2021: ‘A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020’ was shortlisted in the Live Canon International Poetry Competition, published in the competition anthology and performed by the Live Canon ensemble.

A visual piece ‘Irony Poem’ was selected to be made into a badge for the Printed Poetry Symposium (October 14, Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol) organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England. Other visual poems by Josephine are included in the symposium showreel which can be viewed here.

September, 2021: Review of My Mother’s Language/La langue de ma mère by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated and introduced by André Naffis-Sahely (Poetry Translation Centre, 2021) is online at MPT magazine.

September, 2021: A poem ‘Self-Portrait as a Green Silk Dress’ has been published in 14 magazine. Thanks to Editor Richard Skinner.

August, 2021: Two new poems, ‘To Love One Another’ and ‘True Crime’, and reviews of new books by Katherine Stansfield, Maria Taylor and Jackie Wills are published in The North, Issue 66.

January, 2021: Reviews of new books by Geraldine Clarkson, Seán Hewitt and Marvin Thompson published in The North magazine, Issue 65.

December, 2020: ‘Then, Said I, Lord, How Long?’ published in Poetry Wales, Volume 56/Number 2.

October, 2020: ‘Poem for a 1960s Welfare State Childhood’ can be read online at The Morning Star.

‘I Dream of the The Sea’ a poetry film made on an iPhone by Josephine during the first UK lockdown (2020) was accepted by Ink, Sweat & Tears magazine and can be viewed on their YouTube channel here. This poem is an interpretation of a haiku by Yosa Buson (more details at MPT magazine ‘Haiku Translation Workshop’ here).

The Great Margin (Bath Spa University), made this tiny poetry film ‘The Wonders, The Joy‘ (2020), words by Josephine Corcoran, directed by Professor Bambo Soyinka.

‘Birdsong’ – poem commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival (2020).

Unseen Criticism (article) published in The North magazine (August 2020).

‘New Oldish Poetry Society’ (article) published online in The Common Sense Network, March 2019.

‘Poem in which we hear the word drone’ by Josephine Corcoran (2018) – film poem by Helen Dewbery can be viewed here.

‘To bring me luck’ – poem commended in the 2018 Stanza Poetry Competition and published online at The Poetry Society.

Here is a film of Nichole Bird (Live Canon Ensemble) performing ‘Do you remember those wild, out of control pre-Referendum days?’ (2017) by Josephine Corcoran (Text of poem available here). This poem was shortlisted for the 2018 Live Canon International Poetry competition and performed on stage at the Greenwich Theatre, London, in 2018.

Some poetry reviews written by Josephine available online: Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry – Edited by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, preface by Dorothy Wang (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) – reviewed in Under the Radar magazine, available to read here. Three 2019 titles from Pavilion Poetry Press (Lieke Marsman, Mona Arshi and Janette Ayachi) in Under the Radar magazine – available to read here. Other reviews have been published in The North, Poetry Wales, Under the Radar and Modern Poetry in Translation (online) magazines.