Alexandra David-Néel, poem by Alexandra Carr-Malcolm (SAME NAME Poetry and Prose Series)

This is one of my poems. Thank you Silver Birch Press :)

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Carr-MalcolmAlexandra David-Néel
by Alexandra Carr-Malcolm

We walked the same walk, along the same path,
the middle one, showing the way.
Travelled beyond the stars, to a life without bars,
no run-of-the-mill protégée.

An affinity to trees, writing anarchist treatise,
both maternally shunned in our prime.
You travelled the world, whilst I stayed at home,
both women misplaced out of time.

Born ninety-seven years and one day before me,
we share more than a Scorpius sting.
Through our Buddhist eyes, we gazed on the world,
with opera and poetry we sing.

PHOTO: (Left) Alexandra Carr-Malcolm, aged 19; (right) Alexandra David-Néel, 19th Century.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Alexandra David-Néel was a colourful character who was born on 24th October 1868. She was a Belgian-French explorer, opera singer, anarchist, spiritualist, Buddhist, and writer. Not only did she meet the 13th Dalai-Lama, but she also managed to visit Tibet when entry to Tibet…

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Call for Submissions: LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry & Prose Series

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Retro woman behind steering wheel
Most of us have a story (or stories) about how/when/where/why we learned to drive. We want to hear about your experiences as a neophyte driver in a poem or story (fiction or nonfiction), and invite you to submit your work to our LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and Prose Series. (Non-drivers can also participate by explaining why they’ve never learned to operate a vehicle.)

PROMPT: Tell us about learning to drive in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer). If you’ve never learned to drive, tell us why in poetry or prose.

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media and in a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and…

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Black and White Barb


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March 69 Mum and me














Black and White Barb is about my mum and dedicated to my mum on what would have been her birthday today. Always in our hearts.


This is available in my latest anthology – Counting Magpies. There are a few copies of the limited edition anthology left at £10 plus postage. The limited edition has three bonus poems, is signed by my own fair hand, and will also include a handwritten poem :) Please contact me if you would like a copy.


Black and White Barb


Unkindly they called you

black and white Barb,

and made you sound –

like a magpie.

One for sorrow,

(and there was) pain.

It wasn’t true –

What’s in a name?

Your deepest depths

you were so strong,

a monochrome bird

with a nightingale’s song.


© Black and White Barb 2015

By Alexandra Carr-Malcolm


Limited Edition – Counting Magpies

I’ve been delighted by the response to the  Counting Magpies Limited Edition. In just three days over a third of the books have been ordered and are ready to go to the post office on Monday morning. There is even one bound for Wisconsin, USA! 

The limited edition comes complete with signature, three bonus poems, and each book is numbered. I have also included a handwritten poem, either in the front or the back of the anthology – you can choose the poem, or have a lucky dip surprise! 

The limited edition is £10 and £2.50p&p for the UK. If you are outside the UK the postage will vary – I will inform you of the cost to make sure you are happy :)

If you would like a copy please let me know. 


Call for writing, art, and photography submissions: NANCY DREW ANTHOLOGY

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Nancy Drew Antho Cover

Since her 1930 appearance in The Secret of the Old Clock, amateur sleuth Nancy Drew has inspired generations of girls — including this one — with her moxie, intelligence, determination, but most of all independence. After 86 years, Nancy Drew is as popular as ever — with avid fans around the world.

Let’s celebrate this female icon and role model with the NANCY DREW ANTHOLOGY: A Collection of Poetry, Prose, Art & Photography Featuring Everyone’s Favorite Female Sleuth. 

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by Nancy Drew.


  • Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on a Nancy Drew book)
  • Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
  • Essays (up to 1,500 words)
  • Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
  • Short plays or screenplays (approximately five typed pages)
  • Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)


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Limited Edition

Happy New Year! 

To start the year with something exciting, I’d like to announce I have a limited edition of Counting Magpies available. There are 25 copies available! 

The Limited Edition has three additional poems – it is individually numbered and signed by me. Also – if you would like, I will handwrite a poem inside the cover – this can be a poem of your choice, or you can have a lucky dip and I will choose :)

The limited edition costs £10 plus postage. Please contact me to order a copy and I will let you know the exact cost of postage to your address. 

To place your order email me at    

Best wishes for 2016

Alex :)



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