Oh but the horse steps up the amber stair
for she is your sister
the horse of the see-through stairs,
the jingling bridle in the naked hand.
And you? Her constant sister of invention.

In her first major collection for a decade, Judith Kazantzis proves herself again to be the constant sister of invention and imagination. Meditating on the deaths of her parents and of her brother, and on the arrival of a new grandchild, she reconfigures Greek myth from a Feminist perspective to address today’s inequalities. The poems range across the violent geography of Palestine and Iraq to the bright landscapes of the American Southwest, from the sensual utopia of ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ to the dark inner continents of bereavement and grief. Sister Invention combines irony and wit, dramatic brilliance and profound quiet as she explores what it means to be a sister and a daughter, a mother and a grandmother.

‘extraordinarily seductive… the pure work of poetry, tacking and veering
between vernaculars and lyrical writing’'
Poetry London

‘everything she tries seems to work.’ PN Review

‘a poetry of sensuous immediacy, couched in an agile, conversational style’

To buy Sister Invention, you can contact Judith via this site.


Sister Invention Launch Party

Judith will be hosting a book launch celebration in Lewes on April 24th. If you'd like to attend, contact her by email here.





What's New


Judith's tenth volume, Sister Invention, is published in April 2014, featuring seventy-two poems and a beautiful cover image by Carolyn Trant.


Carolyn Trant says of Clickety Clackety: "Wickedly grim and darkly subversive." Judith's newest book was published in September 2012, following a launch at the Lewes Artwave Festival.


The Odysseus Poems: Reissued
Judith presents Odysseus' journey for a new generation of readers, in a new edition by Waterloo press. More in Books.


George III Handprinted Pamphlet
The replica eighteenth century 8pp pamphlet poem comes in a scarlet, terra cotta or orange jacket. It is a signed limited edition of 50, printed in period type, black on period white on a specially made replica of an eighteenth century printing press.

You can buy the pamphlet, and see the press, at the Tom Paine Printing Press, 151, High Street, Lewes, or you can order direct from Judith.

You can also enquire about this and some of my other books at Sky-Lark, in the Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes.