My new book, Siege and Symphony, is due out late Autumn 2021, published by Second Light Publications.
There is a section of poems about the planet and the way we treat it, also personal poems, poems about women and homelessness as well as the long title poem about the siege of Leningrad and Shostakovich writing the Leningrad symphony. Profits from the book will go to the Woodland Trust.
These are poems of experience, fully cognisant of ‘the welter we call life’, but they are also celebratory poems, proving this poet’s deep kinship with the earth and its radiance. In the long title poem, Myra Schneider enters fully and naturally into the life and times of Shostakovich, the terrible hardships and the struggle to stay alive. She is an astonishingly porous, unbounded poet.
In Siege and Symphony, Myra Schneider draws on memory, paintings and her beloved local park to gift us a passionate, vividly detailed and sensuous celebration of the natural world and the human spirit. It is a celebration harrowed and haunted by the knowledge of the catastrophic destruction we have brought to the natural world. These poems are wonderfully brave and generous acts of adoration, warning and refusal to despair.