My Poem at Mary Evans Picture Library

The folks at the Mary Evans Picture Library have an exciting project “Poems and Pictures” underway at their site.  Note that they are looking for poets to submit poems! They explain —

Welcome to the Mary Evans Poetry blog, a new addition to our website where we invite poets to send us poems inspired by images from our collection. We’re also including a few existing poems, both old and new, matched with one of our images. The poems and pictures chosen so far are listed below.

We’re very grateful to a local creative writing group, the Nevada Street Poets, and especially one of their members, Lorraine Mariner, without whose guidance and enthusiasm this idea would not have got off the ground. We’re delighted that Lorraine will continue to be involved as co-editor of this blog, alongside our staff member Gill Stoker.

We hope you enjoy this addition to our website as much as we do. If you have any feedback, or would like to send us a poem inspired by one of our pictures, please contact Gill by email at


And I am honoured to have my poem accepted and newly published to the “Poems & Pictures” blog. The title of my poem is —

“The Night After Listening To A Psychology Podcast About Alternate Strategies For Working With Dreams”

It’s in response to these rats in the christmas card below (an image that I found on the Mary Evans archive) and please read it here at the Mary Evans site where you can also find all the poems and pictures.

Four rats and a barrel on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s
Four rats and a barrel on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s



p.s. The podcast I refer to in the poem was one I often listen to – Dr. Dave’s  Shrink Rap Radio series.

And this was the specific interview. I have an interest in Jungian stuff.