Inspiration for Spirit Mother

As there’s no Tuesday Guest Feature today, I thought I’d give a little background information about what inspired me to write Spirit Mother: Experience the Myth published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Now seems the appropriate time to share as copies have recently landed on Hedgehog Poetry Press members’ doorsteps as part of the Cult of the Spiny Hog quarterly bundles.

Spirit Mother was a follow on from my debut poetry pamphlet, Taxus Baccata, which originated from my MA Creative Writing dissertation researching myth around trees. Discovering myths was fascinating, I loved discovering wonderful stories, so much so, I decided to extend the research, not only to trees, but to flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies etc. In fact if I see a photograph, I’m particularly inspired by Mike Powell’s photography, I check out to see if there’s any myth around that creature, flower or tree.

Amaryllis is one of my favourite poems from Spirit Mother. It retells a Greek myth of how the flower got its name.

Although the collection is nature themed it has an essence of darkness uncovering the mythical tales. For instance, my poem, Lavender, portrays a myth of a young girl, raped, and her tears germinating blue and purple seeds.

Spirit Mother opens with White Lily a poem inspired around a myth about Hera, the Greek goddess, breast feeding her baby. This poem has since appeared in Black Bough Poetry’s, A Duet of Ghosts.

I was flattered how a fellow writer, also artist, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, was inspired to use my poem as a prompt for a painting, and later a poem of her own. Do check out the artwork Oormila created over on her Instagram page. Oormila’s poem also appears in A Duet of Ghosts.

Numerous books were used for research but in researching myth around trees, Jacqueline Memory Paterson’s Tree Wisdom became my bible. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.

PRAISE for Spirit Mother: Experience the Myth

Spirit Mother is a sensory voyage of discovery and delight through a rich landscape of Greek, Celtic, and Native American mythologies. The poems are by turns delicate and earthy, juxtaposing the sensual and sublime with the sharp and shocking to remarkable effect. The ancient feels at once eternal (‘Galanthus’) and starkly contemporary (‘Lavender’), and the senses are fully engaged by a heady palette of shades, scents, sounds, and sensations. Patricia M Osborne has created a collection to be treasured – each poem imprints itself on the reader, and many will never leave.”

Mary Ford Neal

Writer and Academic

“Spirit Mother offers the reader a compelling journey through a subtle plurality of viewpoints; a cumulative, unified and immensely powerful, life-affirming lens. Osborne employs all the writing skills which have earned her regular five-star accolades for her work over many years. You render yourself a clear disservice if missing out on this outstanding volume of poetry. Don’t let that happen.”

Brian McManus,

Reviewer, Writer, Pushcart nominated poet.

If anyone would like a limited edition of Spirit Mother or any of my poetry collections, they can be purchased safely from my website shop HERE using PayPal for payment.

The Hedgehog Poetry Press cult has just re-opened its doors – if anyone wishes to join – go HERE


On another front, I’m really pleased that my short story, Seascape Children’s Home was published online yesterday by CafeLit. You can read the story HERE


Next week the Tuesday Guest Feature resumes with the lovely, talented poet, Merril Smith, all the way from New Jersey, chatting about her gorgeous poetry collection River Ghosts. Sign up to my blog to ensure you don’t miss this fabulous article.

8 thoughts on “Inspiration for Spirit Mother

      • merrildsmith April 5, 2023 / 10:47 am

        It is! I’m enjoying her work this month for Paul Brooke’s ekphrastic challenge.

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      • Patricia M Osborne April 5, 2023 / 11:45 am

        I’ve missed that. Just not enough hours in the day at the moment. Busy getting The Oath ready for publication while working on the final book in Fractured trilogy.

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