My Poems

My debut poetry collection Octopus Mind will be published by Seren Books in July 2023.


I won the Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition in 2021, and came 2nd in the Bangor Poetry Competition. One of my poems was highly commended in the Liverpool Poetry Prize. I’ve also had a poem nominated for the Forward Prize.

Two poems – ‘Diagnosis’ and ‘The Cure’ – were commended by Kim Moore in the Ware Poets Open Competition in 2021. I’ve also had poems commended in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival Competition (2021) and the Welsh Poetry Competition (2019), and was highly commended in the DAC Creative Word Award (2022).

I’ve had two poems shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (in 2019 and 2020), and have also been shortlisted in the Gloucestershire Poetry Society Open Competion (2021) and the Hammond House Publishing Prize (2021). I’ve been longlisted in the Mslexia Poetry Competition (2021), the Yeovil Prize (2022), the Paper Swans Pamphlet Prize (2022), the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Competition (2017), and the Bedford Writing Competition (2021).

Poems Published in Magazines and Journals…

‘Sorry’ in Poetry Wales (Vol. 58 no.1 – Summer 2022)

‘Hover’ and ‘Wish’ in London Grip (Winter 2021)

‘Blue Nude’ in Raceme (autumn/winter 2021)

‘The Blather’ in Poetry Wales (vol.57 no.1 – July 2021)

‘Fledge’ in Anthropocene (July 2021)

‘Advice’ & ‘Today, I am a Goose’ in Under the Radar (issue 27, 2021)

‘Legerdemain’ in Scintilla (issue 24, 2021)

‘I am trying not to write a poem about you’ in One Hand Clapping (2021)

‘It’s Bonfire Night again’ – in The Bangor Literary Journal (issue 13, 2020)

‘He is impervious to rain‘ – in the Blue House Journal (issue 3, 2020)

‘Crow’ – in Wales Arts Review (2020)

‘New Year’s Eve’ – in Riggwelter (issue 27 – 2020)

Two poems – in Envoi (Spring 2020)

Two poems – in The Lampeter Review (issue 17 – 2019)

Three poems – in Poetry Salzburg Review (Summer 2019)

‘The Starry Night’ – in Black Bough Magazine (2019)

‘In a Forest near Strömsund, Sweden’ – in Atrium (2019)

‘This Muted Shade’ – in The New Welsh Review (issue 120 – 2019)

‘Slowing Down’ – in The Cardiff Review (2019)

‘Survival’ – in Acumen (94 – 2019)

‘Fate’ – in The Ekphrastic Review (2018)

‘Coming Home’ – in Ink Sweat and Tears (2018)

‘Growing into Myself’ – in The Open Mouse (2017)

Two Poems – in The High Window (2016)

My poems have also appeared in the The Waxed Lemon, Marble Poetry broadsheet, Here Comes Everyone, Abergavenny Small Press Literary Journal, Dust Poetry Magazine, The Crank, The Phare, Poetry and Covid, Sarasvati, Visual Verse (Freedom and Turning Point), and i am not a silent poet. I’ve had haiku published in The Wales Haiku Journal and The Seashores Haiku Journal, and a sequence of four poems & photographs was published in Exclamat!on: An Interdisciplinary Journal. One poem & three visual pieces appeared in ‘Here I Am’ an International Open Exhibition at Art in the Attic, curated by Sharon Magill.

Anthologies, Residencies and Commissions…

My poem ‘Yellow’ featured in Gwrthryfel / Uprising: An anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Wales edited by Mike Jenkins, published by Culture Matters (May 2022)

One of my poems features in NeurodiVERSE – an anthology of poems on the theme of neurodiversity (Flapjack Press 2022).

Ten poems were published as part of a Poet in Residence project at the Cynon Valley Museum (June 2020), responding to images from their online exhibitions.

Two of my poems were translated into Italian for the bilingual anthology Correnti Incrociate published by Mosaique Press (June 2021), and two more were translated for the second anthology Correnti Incrociate 2, published in 2022.

A 15 minute long audio piece: ‘Metamorphosis: A Creative / Critical Response to Strangeland by Tracey Emin’ was commissioned for Episode 8 of the Looking at Femininity Sympodcast in May 2021.

A poem was commissioned by Voluntary Arts Wales (now called Creative Lives) for the ‘My Creative Time’ anthology (2021) for which I also delivered a creative writing workshop.

In 2018 I was commissioned to produce an exhibition of photographs and poems – Crossing Points – by the madeinroath community arts festival, exploring ideas of belonging, connection and dislocation within a shared urban environment.

Crossing Points - Rachel Carney poems and photos

Quote from Timothy Wynne’s review of madeinroath, printed in The Cardiff Times, 2018.

‘Crossing Points’ explores how poetry can exist beyond both page and performance and instead intervene in its surroundings. This works particularly well as the relationship between the photographs and poems are as symbiotic as they get… responding to each other in real time. The poems are realistic windows into the community… Carney masters the art of contrast, much like the photos themselves…