Having worked for many years in journalism and copywriting, Michele returned to a long-neglected love of writing poems and microfiction in 2017 and her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and other publications since then.
Between March and June 2020, she wrote almost 100 poems about the lockdown experience and FROM A SHELTERED PLACE grew out of this. Other poems from this period have been published in anthologies, blogs and ezines in the UK and internationally.
Michele’s work draws on a wide range of influences, from nature and the environment to music. As a jazz drummer, she is particularly interested in how rhythm informs poetry. She is based in the United Kingdom and is a member of Leicester Writers’ Club.
FROM A SHELTERED PLACE by Michele Witthaus
Away is gone, beyond our reach
Each day a new ground zero
‘From A Sheltered Place’ takes us inside, from where everything’s cancelled or deferred. But there are no refunds for this postponed life.
blow out the candles on the cake
at this house party for the end of what
we hardly knew we had.
In these poems, Michele Witthaus explores how our natural concerns and suspicions are magnified by the intensity of lockdown