Leslie McKay

Leslie McKay is a poet and a writing tutor. In 2016 she won the Caselberg International Poetry Prize. Originally from Bishopdale in Christchurch, she now lives on the West Coast.

Leonard Cohen said: I’ve nothing to say and I’m saying it.
Anchor your mind with your breath. Make friends with stillness
and silence. Bow each day to grace and never stop dancing.


My Body lyrical

Jewish soul, my body lyrical
hymns to the human condition.

Songs are poems, both are prayers
no discrimination in the rhythm.

On a distant stage, a lean figure
in a tailored suit doffs his fedora.