Publications

New collection

Because we could not dance at the wedding (Worple Press, 2023)

“There is much to enjoy in the careful attention and gorgeous moments of intimacy recorded with care and authenticity. Michael McKimm is a brilliant writer on relationships, about nature, about the wondrous details of being alive.” – Zoë Brigley

“McKimm rejects restrictions on gay relationships and practices, and instead argues for, and honours, gay love in defiant and compassionate ways.” – Paul Maddern

Available from Worple Press

Anthologies

The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People (Worple Press, 2017)

“It’s an anthology of diverse, vibrant and considered reflections, ideas and styles that bear witness to the vitality of trees in our daily existence. […] a skilful and engaging mix, well edited by Michael McKimm.

It stems from an urgent necessity to engage with and protect our environment, and this conversation lies at its heart. In the ways of artistry, this necessity is expressed by these poems and those wisdoms they embody, and with which we want to engage via our own, personal landscapes, represented not least by the enduring resilience of the tree, a living thing that can both predate and outlast us all.” The Ecologist

Read a review at London Grip magazine

Read a review at Tears in the Fence magazine

Available from Worple Press

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MAP: Poems After William Smith’s Geological Map of 1815 (Worple Press, 2015)

Two hundred years after the publication of the first geological map of an entire country, this groundbreaking anthology collects new work by over thirty poets inspired by William Smith, his revolutionary map, and the foundation of a science.

“an excellent anthology” – Under the Radar magazine

Available from Worple Press

Read a review by History of Geology Group

Read a review at London Grip magazine

Read a review by Jean Atkin

Collections

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Fossil Sunshine (Worple Press, 2013)

The result of a year long collaboration with earth scientists, in a project funded by Arts Council England, these poems explore the relationships between geology, the oil industry and climate change, and ask what the evidence held in the geological record can teach us about 21st Century global warming.

“The language employed is powerfully tactile.  These are strong and in every sense grounded poems… capable of transformative action and insight into the bedrock of our life experience.” (Penelope Shuttle)

Available from Worple Press

Still This Need (Heaventree Press 2009)

Still This Need (Heaventree Press, 2009)

“The collection’s crystalline images and melodic lines alone are worth the purchase… caring, careful, precise… leaves the reader with the feeling they’ve been somewhere beautiful.” (Jennifer Matthews, Verbal)

“Poetry at its very finest… a magnificent debut collection…You really should get in there early and buy this book.” (Matt Nunn, Under the Radar)

More Reviews

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Poems appear in the following anthologies:

Windfall: Irish Nature Poems to Inspire and Connect

Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry

Arrival at Elsewhere (in aid of NHS Charities Together)

The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland

Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History

Dear World & Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK

Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot

Best British Poetry 2012

The Wolf: A Decade (Poems 2002 – 2012)

Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam

The Voyage: Journeys in Creative Writing

Dove Release: New Flights and Voices

Best Irish Poetry in English 2010