every robin i never quite saw is a captivating debut collection. Sonya studied Creative Writing at Sussex University and has worked as a poetry tutor to children.tall-lighthouse published Sonya’s pamphlet Old Panic Undressed in 2009.

Sonya Smith’s resonant poems investigate the texture of experience and how we’re shaped by memory. Here, loss and desire emerge from surprising angles in writing that is consistently nuanced, concise, stirring.

John McCullough

thanks to all who attended the virtual launch & purchased signed copies, these should reach you by the middle of next week.  

& apologies to those who couldn’t sign in due to a glitch in our Zoom account, we will be making the recording of the reading available asap – in the meantime you can hear Sonya read two poems below & listen to Jackie Wills discuss the poem Tove and Frida….


Geology and Tove and Frida, on love and freedom

Sonya Smith

hear Sonya read Geology and Tove and Frida, on love and freedom

a discussion of sonya's poem Tove and Frida, on love and freedom

Jackie Wills

Jackie Wills discusses Sonya’s poem Tove and Frida, on love and freedom (from RadioReverb Brighton)


Beneath a deceptively calm surface, a powerful voice offers original slants on the ambiguous aspects of loving people. Aspects that are hard to talk directly about and are somehow deeply entwined with the natural world. These poems are placed at compass points encircling the object of love, whether that be another person or oneself, sensually embracing everything that interrupts the view.

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