Submerged (a poetic personal essay) @ The Winged Moon Magazine

If you’ve been reading my work for a while, you will have noticed that I don’t shy away from writing about highly personal, and often painful, experiences. I suppose my urge to write has come from a need to get a handle on situations that have uprooted me and have sent me on a journey of self-discovery.

This essay, that was just published for the first time by fellow poet Jai-Michelle Louissen in her Substack magazine The Winged Moon, tells the story of a woman who was set adrift by a creeping chronic illness and a disintegrating relationship. Having grown up on the Belgian coast, I was compelled to use the imagery of a submerged land, called Doggerland, to build a poetic mindscape that mirrored my emotional state during these hard years.

This essay means a lot to me, because of the subject matter, and also because it’s my first proper lyrical essay (in a braided form, to use technical language). It would mean the world to me if you could go to the magazine and read it.

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I hope you like what you read there! (The other poems and art are absolutely wonderful!)


15 thoughts on “Submerged (a poetic personal essay) @ The Winged Moon Magazine

    • Aah thank you, Layla! It’s so good of you to take the time to read everything. Jai-Michelle put so much effort in curating this work around an evocative theme. The whole issue flows together so well. It’s quite a journey that is the reader is taken on.

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  1. You’re right, Conny. All the pieces are fantastic. Read them all. But knowing only you of all the submissions was especially drawn to you. It was touching. The illness, once described as “salt-stiffened and cracked.” made me sad.

    As did these other sections:

    “Living with someone who’s hiding that they’ve fallen out of love with you is like holding hands with a ghoul in the dark.

    “can’t see him. I’m alone and at sea.

    “A sea of clean energy is an island, a marshland, a forest, an ice field; and I wait”

    Thanks for sharing your words.

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