paper to water

i stood in the sea

until your words blew awayIMG_2224

paper to water

loosened limbs dissolved


and i watched

as your hollow facts became ensnared

by the callous tide


Elbow Room Vol.18

Kia ora WordPress whānau,

I’m super stoked to say Elbow Room (UK) have (re)published my story ‘Karanga’ in Vol.18 of their gorgeous art journal

I love their commitment to hand binding these limited edition journals that are housed in places like The Poetry Library in London and The Scotland National Gallery.

It looks like Vol.18 is selling fast, so get cracking if you’d love a stunning piece of art (in the fabulous shape of a journal) in your hands and on your bookshelf.

Iona x



Vibrant Rubies

Beneath her split lip vibrant rubies swing over hidden truths and bargained myths.


Rāmere Shorts Twitter 1/9/17 – 6 words: lip, vibrant, swing, hidden, bargained, myth


infinite time to reflect on vital things

sentient and alive as the sun carves beneath my skin and mandarin segments linger on my tongue, to the tune of childhood lunch-boxes

i am like a blackbird lingering at an empty water trough with the promise of being satiated, desire imprinted upon me

once i was a wee girl with silver-buckled shoes who danced in a swirling emerald cape, and safety beckoned


now i look inwards, getting lost as synapses jostle in their reconnection-recollection

with infinite time to reflect on vital things


IMG_1763wairoro brain eggshell taonga

how often were you shaken?

i lost count at ten

now you halt me


an uneasy witness

to a pared back life

of overflowing shoeboxes

screaming ‘more odds than ends’

with fragility poised

on silken threads

of broken-up highways

that reside in my head


Micro Madness

Kia ora WordPress whānau,

It’s not a freshly created post today, but rather a shared link for a micro/flash published yesterday.

Stoked that I made it into the Top 22 of Micro Madness, an offshoot of National Flash Fiction Day.  And I love the idea of less being more.

Day 11 is where you’ll find my story ‘Anchor’.

Happy reading 🙂