Individual poems have appeared in 14, Acumen, Aesthetica Creative Works Annuals, Agenda, Ambit, Coast to Coast to Coast, Dark Mountain, Earthlines, Envoi, Eye Flash, Fenland Poetry Journal, Finished Creatures, Gutter, Here Comes Everyone, Interpret, Iota, Magma, Mslexia, Northwords Now, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry News, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Scotland, Popshot, Prole, Stand, Strix, The Bastille, The French Literary Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter's House, The London Magazine, The Moth, The New Quarterly (Canada), The New Writer, The North, The Poets’ Republic, The Pomegranate, The Rialto, The Spectator, The Storms, Vallum (Canada) and Under the Radar.
Also Morphrog, The Friday Poem and Creatives (Scottish Mountaineering Press) (all online), and several print anthologies including After Sylvia (Nine Arches Press), Emma Press anthologies of Age, Animals, Travel, and Future; Glimmer, Storm at Galesburg, The Visitors, Feeding the Cat, A Roof of Red Tiles (all Cinnamon Press), Pale Fire – New Writings on the Moon (The Frogmore Press), All the Way Home (Leaf Books), Up to Our Necks in It (Black Tulip Books), Book of Sand, A Complicated Way of Being Ignored (Grist), Entanglements (Two Ravens Press), Alice: Ekphrasis at the British Library (Joy Lane Publishing), the Mslexia Writer's Diary 2016, My Time (Voluntary Arts Scotland), Poems in the Waiting Room, and Living with Other People (Corrupted Poetry).
Forthcoming work (as of November 2023) will appear in The French Literary Review, Under the Radar, Northwords Now, The Pomegranate, Poetry Salzburg Review , Dark Mountain, Stand, The Frogmore Papers, Strix, Glisk (Sidhe Press), What Winter Wants (Rymour Books), the Ginkgo Prize anthology 2023 'Best Poem of UK Landscape', Caduceus, Poetry Scotland, The Spectator and Green Ink Poetry (online).
The Last Woman Born on the Island is an exploration of the past and the present, and a celebration of the landscapes, both physical and emotional, that make up our lives. The title poem is set on an unnamed Hebridean island which could be St Kilda, could be fictitious, or could be a symbol for what we have lost and yearn to rediscover. Much of the collection is set in my homeland of Scotland. Some poems contemplate the history and traditions of the Highlands and Islands – from the HMS Iolaire disaster off Lewis in 1919, to the knitting of Eriskay ganseys, the legend of The White Cow at Callanish stone circle, and the work of herring girls at the start of the 20th century. Others consider Scottish dialect, and the country’s wildest and most beautiful landscapes. Is there is a difference between something lost, and something merely forgotten? Who is the last woman and where is the island? Available from Vagabond Voices.
Reviews of The Last Woman Born on the Island
The Frogmore Papers
Reviews of The Red House
The Frogmore Papers
Reviews of Rib
The Friday Poem
The Frogmore Papers:
"characteristically lyrical, fluent and often quietly subversive"
Orbis: "sharp and sensual"
Reviews of The Art of Egg
The Interpreter's House: "The art is of turning everything into a 'yes' moment. And Black has that art."
Envoi: "full of dense, exhuberant colour, rooted in the everyday world. An exciting read."
The Frogmore Papers: "the poems take flight gracefully, taut and delicious"
Reviews of To Know Bedrock
The North: "Her poems exude a physicality which is precise and evocative at once."
Under the Radar: "Black's curiosity about what makes people tick [...] comes clearly through in each poem"
Orbis: "Here, the female body is unshakeable bedrock. I wish there were more space to limn [...] the excellence of this brilliant collection."
The Frogmore Papers: "Sharon Black's debut collection is beautifully assured."
Envoi: "Full of lyrical rhythm and compelling imagery, this is a quietly assertive poetry"
Jayne Stanton POETRY