Dear PoetDeborah works in the field of psychology and has been writing poetry since her mid-teens. A nature lover who enjoys rambling all over the beautiful UK countryside. A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World (2015) and The Shepherd’s Daughter (2020) are her first and second poetry collections. Currently she’s disappeared down a Jungian rabbit hole, before hopefully emerging next year with her third book, Soror Mystica: Balancing the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine (2023) in hand. This book will include her ‘Animus Diet’, ‘Divine Hermaphrodite’ and ‘Becoming Sophian’ essays and related poems.

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  1. The Shepherd’s Daughter is a collection of deftly spun journeys. I love the way Deborah Gregory shares her explorations of the natural world through the prism of a human voice wakening into spiritual awareness. This is a beautiful read. As she says in ‘Temperance’: “With one foot stood in each world,/ in each word, the poet gains poise.”

    1. Thank you so much Cath for your big-hearted, beautiful review of my second poetry collection! Your words encourage and inspire me to reach for my pen, again and again. I’m delighted that you enjoy my writing, especially as creative writing is your forte! I’m very much looking forward to the day when you pick up your pen, once more. Until then my lovely friend, deep gratitude and love, Deborah.

  2. The Shepherd’s Daughter
    A Review

    There’s Magick in these Verses

    Poetry is the pinnacle of writing, its highest, most refined form. The climb is so rigorous, the sensibilities so refined, and the life experience required to attain them so onerous, that few reach the summit. Deborah Gregory is one who has accomplished this heroic feat.

    As heroes are the stuff of myth, it’s no wonder Gregory draws much of her inspiration from the three muses of poetry and the other maidens, mothers, queens and crones of mythology. Here she writes of Persephone’s wisdom of the underworld, Demeter’s governing of the earth’s cycles, Athena’s queenly sovereignty over her own free and wild soul, and Aphrodite’s dazzling and sensuous femininity.

    Her ability to touch us so meaningfully with her artfully chosen words comes from her psychological understanding of these goddesses. This poet is also a psychotherapist who has learned for herself that myths are stories about the archetypal truths of the human psyche. In The Shepherd’s Daughter she applies this deep well of knowledge to her poetry on the Tarot. She knows that the Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress and Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers and Hermit, as well as the mysteries of the Moon and Star and other cards, are all parts of us.

    Another section of poems is dedicated to the months of the year. This is where we experience the wonders of nature through the self-reflective lens of a photographer, the aesthetic of an artist, the knowledge of a naturalist, the ears of a musician, and the passionate heart of a lover.

    This is the place…

    Where, with red cheeks radiant
    against the ice-cold wind,
    we become happy children again.

    A place where we…

    Behold the dancing daffodil,
    wild soul in green and gold,
    heavenly love-star of March
    who brightens our heart
    as her golden petals unfold.
    From pregnant darkness
    she must push up and out,
    Into spring’s sudden softness.

    Or where in July…

    Dressed in golden rays of light,
    with Father Sun stamped
    firmly into the cloudless sky,
    we enter the dust-covered,
    burning cathedral of summer.

    Then cycle back to winter, for…

    As Persephone returns to Hades,
    we too must revisit darkness,
    sleep awhile before we rise again,
    for fading daylight demands
    more logs for the inner soul-fire.

    I can’t resist two more passages, one near the end of the book about the poet’s numinous dream in the time of Corona, where she finds herself inside an ancient oak elder:

    Inside this dream tree sanctuary,
    life had shuffled indoors.
    With her memories quarantined,
    waiting to be reawakened,
    she knew there was nowhere
    left to hide from herself.

    And this from the Poet and the Plague:

    The old ways have broken down,
    Her resurrection will come
    But first, the gathering of bones.

    There’s “magick” in these verses and the poet who wrote them. It comes from experiencing life with eyes and the senses wide open and a heart filled with love.

    1. Thank you so much Jeanie for your dazzling review of my second collection! Believe when I say that this poet is singing and dancing with joy … for to be “truly” seen and understood by another is more than one can ever hope for in life. Your words have pierced my heart and glisten like a cascade of golden stars across the midnight sky!

      For me poetry is a coat of many colours and in your glowing review you’ve brought to life each beloved Goddess, Mother Nature and all Her seasons, my depth excavations together with the Tarot’s dark and bright journeying … all with the exquisite grace and deftness of your own magickal pen. Like a true poet you fill my mouth with the sweetness of speech!

      The excerpts you chose swiftly return me to ancient woodlands, rich meadows and soul-fires once again until I am brought before my Oak Elder where I drop into the Underworld. What an incredible journey it’s been my Dear Friend and Wise Woman! Shhh, listen, can you hear that … it’s the sound of my soul singing as stars spin endlessly in tonight’s sky!

      A thousand blessings … and then a thousand more! Love and light, Deborah.

      1. You are amazing with words. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. I’m thrilled to know you feel truly seen. I know what an extraordinary gift that is and I’m so grateful I could give it to you. I see a heart that is beautiful and pure. May it feel more love every moment of every day. Love, Jeanie

        1. As I turn to the poet’s for divine inspiration in my reply, David Whyte’s beautiful, sacred poem … “The Blessing of the Morning Light” has found me this morning …

          The blessing of the morning light to you,
          may it find you even in your invisible
          appearances, may you be seen to have risen
          from some other place you know and have known
          in the darkness and that that carries all you need.
          May you see what is hidden in you
          as a place of hospitality and shadowed shelter,
          may that hidden darkness be your gift to give,
          may you hold that shadow to the light
          and the silence of that shelter to the word of the light,
          may you join all of your previous disappearances
          with this new appearance, this new morning,
          this being seen again, new and newly alive.

  3. Review of The Shepherd’s Daughter

    I have just finished reading Deborah Gregory’s “The Shepherd’s Daughter” for the first time, reading each poem in sequence to savour the full effect of the theme of each chapter. I have followed her work for many years, reading each piece when it was published online, yet I am still astounded at the beautiful way she crafts each poem in this collection – she is truly a very talented weaver of words.

    From her own stories in Dear Poet, she takes us on a learning journey through the major arcana of the Tarot in Poetry of the Tarot. This particular section I found very insightful and has helped me to learn and read so much more into the symbolism and meaning of each card…I highly recommend the book to all tarot apprentices if just for that reason!

    Yet there is so much more! In the next chapter “The Shepherds Daughter” the use of mythology, Jungian archetypes and, importantly for me in these torrid times, the influence of nature comes into their own. Here her love and knowledge of all three subjects shines brightly as her words flow exquisitely, verse by verse. She further expresses her love of nature in Poetry of the Year – a month by month journey through the year following every change as the seasons grow and fade. Here goddesses, paganism and mythology intertwines to paint poetic pictures

    Her final chapter has an almost Odyssean theme, taking us from a time of calm and beauty in nature into the Belly of the Whale and the turbulent times of the pandemic, using mythology and dreams to inspire poems of turmoil, hope and wisdom…ultimately leading to Two Goddesses in the Greenwood and love.

    I have loved sharing every moment of her journey through this collection and will, I know, be dipping into it regularly for my own inspiration and learning.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your wonderful friendship and your continual support of my creative endeavours ever since I first started this poetry and Jungian thought website nearly six years ago now. This, your second book review has been such a generous, kind-hearted gift from you, one I will always treasure. You’ve literally made my day, definitely February!

      As a reader and lover of poetry myself, I know it takes time to sequentially read a poetry book, sometimes years, to follow that red thread through the labyrinth of the poet’s heart as they journey through light and dark realms, and everything in-between. Please know that your beautiful words throughout the years have helped to lift my pen, time and time again!

      Oh, I’m over the moon that you found my “Poetry of the Tarot” journey through the Major Arcana so insightful and enjoyed my mythological, archetypal, nature-themed, soul-deep poems too! Hmm, I didn’t consciously think about the themes of each section so thankful for shining your light onto this which helps me understand the shape of this collection a little more. Love and light, Deborah.

  4. There is so much to love about Deborah’s second collection of poems that it’s difficult to summarize because the blurb on the back cover says it all:

    “‘The Shepherd’s Daughter’ is Deborah Gregory’s second poetry collection. Together with her major poems written over the past five years, she includes her divinatory ‘Poetry of the Tarot’ series, a dark and bright journey through the Major Arcana, alongside her mythopoetic, nature inspired ‘Poetry of the Year’.

    This book has been written with love – love of the beauty and wonder of Mother Earth; love of her Jungian and mythological studies; love of the poets, artists and dreamers whose creative spirit fills her with hope and courage; love of her soulmate, family and friends and love of the magick and mystery of life.”

    ‘The Shepherd’s Daughter’ is a superb collection and wonderful companion book to her first collection ‘A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World’ – both delight the senses, especially the ear.

    Thank you Deborah for sharing your mythological, nature based, Jungian and tarot poems with the world. You deserve all the praise and admiration you receive for your dark and bright journeying. All the best, Anna.

    PS. I’ve ordered another copy for my daughter who is wanting to learn the tarot. I couldn’t think of a better introduction than Deborah’s ‘Poetry of the Tarot’ series.

    1. Oh, thank you Anna for your amazing review today! I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying my new book. Yours is the first review I’ve received on my blog for my second collection. I’m overjoyed that you’ve also ordered a copy for your daughter. I hope you know that if ever she would like more information on any of the Major Arcana cards, I’d be more than happy to share notes and insights. Thank you for quoting my “blurb” means a lot to me!

      Both collections sit together, side by side on my poetry shelves, now with more than forty years of my life recorded within them. It’s quite incredible, sometimes I have to literally pinch myself that I actually wrote them! Thank you so much for being such a great friend and supportive companion on my “Liberated Sheep” journey so far! I’m pleased that I also included poems about the pandemic this year as it would’ve been strange without them. Warm winter blessings, Deborah.

  5. Deborah Gregory: A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World

    Every time I dip into this wonderful book I feel as if I am sipping from the nectar of the gods & goddesses, specifically the goddesses.

    I am struck each time by her pen that acts as a sword cutting into my heart. Sometimes it is a gentle strike, other times not. When I sense an echo resonating from my depths, I know it to be true.

    It is impossible for me to select an excerpt for this review. Each time I look to do so, I am immersed once again and distracted, wanting to leave the world alone and just sink into the beauty of her words. Some poems are long, some short and each encapsulates a feeling, a landscape, a perspective which for me is a widening of the lens, a deepening of my heart and soul.

    Her artistry in capturing the soul in words is one for which I have the greatest admiration as I do for those who are able to move the reader in deeper parts of themselves, even those unknown parts. When music, or a landscape, or words effects a heightening of the depths, I feel captured and I like the feeling. I feel a part of it all, and not just apart and alienated.

    Thank you Deborah for this truly beautiful book. You are an artist in the true sense of the world. I am the richer for having it, and am blessed to be a reader of your wordsmithery.

    1. Wow! I’m reading the gift of your beautiful, kind-hearted words over and over again, with much humility and deepest gratitude! Thank you so much Susan for your truly generous, moving review of my first poetry book, “A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World.” I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! To say that I’m bowled over is an understatement! I’m actually scrabbling around for the right words with this full and bursting heart of mine!

      To be truly seen by another is not only life-changing, it’s more than any poet could ever hope for! In short, you’ve set my heart on fire and inspired me to unwrap my writing pen which has been sleeping throughout winter and hopefully by the light of February’s full, Snow Moon, an early January dream, inside a new poem will appear.

      Thank you so much for the beauty, grace and eloquence of your poetic reply, which was well worth the wait! Sending you much love, light and laughter across the oceans between us. Love and Imbolc blessings to you my dear friend, Deborah.

      Ps. I hope next weeks “million mile service” goes well! 🙂

    1. A warm welcome to my poetry and Jungian thought website. As I wrote earlier Jason, it’s wonderful to meet another poet on the road! Warm winter blessings, Deborah.

      Update 17th January 2020:

      Thank you so much Jason for choosing my poem and creating this beautiful video. The images and music chosen work so well with my verses and your great narration! It’s only January but believe me when I say this has made my year so far! My readers will love it!


      1. This is a wonderful way to showcase your work Deborah – Jason has picked the perfect imagery to visualise your words. I particularly love the image of the raven and the way the flower opens and closes to represent how the month of November begins and ends. How exciting for you!!

        1. Oh, thank you so much Sophia for your kind-hearted words! I love this video and have shared it on Twitter @liberatedsheep The imagery, music and narration is seamless and beautiful. Pure magick created by Jason Youngman (another poet on the road!) Warm winter blessings, Deborah.

        1. Thank you so much Luisa! All credit to Jason for creating this mesmerising masterpiece. Love and light, Deborah.

  6. Your poems are a love letter to nature as they take us through the months. Thank you for sharing them Deborah.

    1. Oh that’s lovely! Welcome to my poetry blog Bookworm and thank you so much for your kind-hearted reply to my “Poetry of the Year” series. As the Wheel of the Year continues to turn, hopefully my poems will too, as we begin to approach the month of June. Bright Beltane Blessings, Deborah.

  7. Deborah, I feel profound gratitude for the work you are doing. I have shared your Animus Diet essays on FB so others may discover your journey – I hope this is ok?

    1. “Amor Fati” What a beautiful avatar, I love its meaning! Thank you so much for sharing my Animus adventures (the beginning of a very long journey!) and for your encouraging words. I’m hoping to publish them all, with further insights and adventures, in the next year or so. Warm and wild blessings, Deborah.

  8. Deborah has written her poems with bare boned honesty. I fell in to her footsteps and was moved by her words as she recounts her very own life journey. Deeply personal, incredibly brave. Her words touched me, I felt so much that she was sat beside me as I turned the pages of her life. I am amazed that this book has not been taken up by a major publisher.

    1. Wow! Thank you so much Anja for your positively, glowing review! You’ve certainly lifted my spirits today and please know I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying my poetry book. Writing and (self) publishing my first collection has been life-changing! What’s more, I really enjoyed your recent comment (re: The Poet’s Wife) so many thanks for heaping more wonderful praise on my work.

      If perchance you’re also interested in Carl Jung and Post-Jungian thought you’ll find a few of my essays in the “Jungian Archives” category, including my four part “Animus Diet” and other Jungian themed work. Warm autumnal wishes, Deborah.

  9. Highly recommended! ‘A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World’ is a book I keep next to my bed. Deborah Gregory’s spiritual and sensual poems lead me through her unfolding life from girlhood to maturity and help me reflect on my own life path. She writes about childhood trauma with an unflinching, compassionate eye. She shares the joy and disappointments of motherhood and the challenges of love and loss. She writes about soul, spirit, trust, and betrayal. She writes about courage, forgiveness, redemption, love, and the passionate physical life. She makes me believe in second and third chances. As I soak in the rich symbolic imagery of these poems, Gregory’s search for inner meaning opens deeper layers of reflection and meaning in me.

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for your truly awe-inspiring review of my poetry book! I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive your glowing admiration, for I hold you as a writer in such high regard, therefore your words mean a great deal to me. Your kindness and compassion ring out like a clear, bright bell.

      It is wonderful to hear that you keep my book close by and that it’s helping you with your reflections on life. The book for me has followed my own profound metamorphosis and it is wonderful to hear that it’s helping others on their journey too. Thank you for believing in me! With love and gratitude, Deborah.

  10. You take us on a journey with each poem. Thank you. No fast food doggerel from your pen. There’s years of fine dining here, a feast of unfurling as we follow the trail of your tasty words. The Hungry Fox, somewhere in a hedgerow near you.

    1. Ha-Ha! You said you would visit! Thank you so much Hungry Fox for your wonderful review! Yes please, dine away and do let me know when my poetry book arrives via Blurb. Average delivery is two weeks, by canoe I hear! Warm wishes to you, Deborah

  11. I read this cover to cover. Poetry at its finest – raw, passionate and full of truth. In a class all its own, Anna.

    1. Thank you for your wonderful New Year message Anna and patience re Blurb! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book, it’s more than any poet could ever ask for. Blessings, Deborah.

  12. your book arrived yesterday. i have not been able to put it down. for poetry lovers and for those on the edge of loving poetry this collection has something for everyone. raw incandescent and full of heart gregory is an old soul with neoteric vision. her poems are lighting up my days and darkening my nights. this is the most brave and honest book i have ever read.

    i am greatly inspired by your blog post on self publishing. deborah this book needs to be on amazon where more people will find it. is there anywhere i can hear you reading your poetry? suzie x

    1. Thank you so much Suzie for your big-hearted review, and such wonderful praise. I’m truly humbled. I’m assuming that you’re an e. e. cummings fan with your lower case letters. I’m so pleased you enjoyed my ‘how to self-publish’ article. I was totally amazed, that for the price of a book, writing dreams could be realised. I did come across a thread on Blurb re uploading books to sell on Amazon, will take another look for sure! Thinking about uploading poems to Sound Cloud. Bright spring wishes, Deborah.

  13. This is not the kind of poetry book that anyone can read lightly or indeed quickly. It is in every real sense the journal of a soul. Gregory’s voice is unique. She does not fit into any writing tradition with any degree of comfort. Your heart will rise and your heart will fall. I urge the reader not to skip even one page. I stand in admiration at her courage and deep humanity. Patricia J Lockwood.

    1. Thank you so much Patricia, I’m honoured by your words and sensed the deep humanity behind them. I love what you wrote about my book being ‘the journal of a soul’ as these words fit like a dream into what I hope my poetry book offers. Welcome to my website, where you’ll find many published poems, including new work. Warm greetings, Deborah.

  14. I stumbled across Deborah’s heart-pounding words when I needed them most. After many weeks of immersing myself in her poems, I decided to go ahead and purchase the book. A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World is something different compared to other books. It’s a must read for anyone on the inner journey home. Very well presented, brave and honest writing. A wonderful debut collection I can’t praise enough.

    1. Thank you so much Picasso for your wonderful book review, truly appreciated. I’m so pleased that my poems spoke to you when needed, it’s more than any poet could wish for! I have a feeling we’ve met online before, so thank you greatly for making the trip over to let me know. January is my month for poetry. Time to pull up a chair, light a fire and sit quietly with friends, old and new. Happy reading dear poet, many thanks once more.

  15. To be honest I don’t know what to say other than I’m utterly speechless!!! I’ve read a lot of poetry and this is definitely the best collection I’ve read in a long time. I value the chronological order of the poems. I’m buying this book again to take to a friend when I visit for Christmas. I think my dad would love this book with its classic 60’s childhood, dark imagery, violence and unexpected love. A modern-day mythic tale, refreshingly honest and perfectly clear.

    1. Wow! That’s just wonderful Lily, thank you so much for your amazing review! I’m truly delighted that you’re enjoying my poetry book. I appreciate that some of my poems, especially the earlier ones, are hard-hitting and at times harrowing to read.

      In the beginning I wrote this book of poems just for myself and for my loved ones yet after self-publishing, the book seems to have taken on a life of its own. I’m overjoyed at your encouraging response. Warm winter blessings to you, Deborah.

  16. Very moving. Usually I have difficulty with poetry but not with this collection. Extraordinary poems by a very brave lady. Brilliant and moving, though never self-pitying. Poetry that made me laugh, cry, pray, and hope yet incandescent with passion for life. Truth, acceptance and hope. An outstanding collection.

    1. Am writing in tears, thank you so much Lizzie! I’m speechless … I’m a poet with no words just a full and bursting heart. Love and blessings, much gratitude, Deborah.

  17. Dear Deborah, we’re in synchronicity as I’ve just finished reading your amaaaazing book of poetry “A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World”. I’ve so enjoyed and valued reading these poems. The first ever book of poetry I’ve bought in my life! And it was certainly well worth it 🙂

    Your book is “amazing” for many, many reasons, and here I’ll mention just a few. Firstly, on an extremely practical level, it’s a total privilege to be able to read the poetry you’ve written over the years from when you were an adolescent until now, especially as it describes a very personal and deeply challenging journey, which is where the second “amazing” comes in. I’m blown away by the strength you’ve found to come out of the black tunnel of your exceedingly difficult childhood – your poetry being a constant companion and one that took you by the hand through the worst of it, it seems. In the words of your poem Mother-Wound: “My poetry I am told – Comes out of this wound – This gaping hole – In the centre of my life.” You’re an inspiration to anybody who’s living through a difficult life situation (emotional or physical violence, abuse, neglect, etc.) You show us that change “is” possible – no matter how tight the chains or how deep the wounds.

    Your early poems speak of such pain and turmoil that they touched me very deeply – some left me speechless, unable and unwilling to simply carry on my day, out of respect for the experiences I had witnessed through the magic of your poet’s pen. I also wished I could hug young Deborah and give her the warmth and love she deserved.

    Using a wonderful array of imagery and reference points – including nature, goddesses and more abstract conceptualisations – your poems trace your path from this very dark beginning to a glorious rebirth – both in terms of your spirituality and the healing of the mother/child wound. “Free at last and at liberty to feast alfresco at the banquet of love” (Love in the Caves).

    On the subject of love, many of your poems are hugely sensual and deeply romantic. I’ve consciously left romantic sentiment to the side in recent years, but I must admit that reading some of your poems caused the romantic in me to stir again. 😉

    My plan is to dip back into your book and read the poems in a more random fashion. On this first read, I wanted to follow the order systematically as I felt it was important for me to follow your journey and the evolution of your ideas and language.

    Finally, I refer to the resonance I feel with many of your thoughts. For example, when you say: “..it is futile of me to pretend I know where I am going” (The Way of the Poet) and “Those who live close to the soul more willingly than to the tribe, touch the magick of their being, one foot is rested in each world for the mystic to find her way” (The Soul is My Mother).

    Thank you for lighting the way and encouraging others to do the same.

    Love & blessings, Sam

    1. Oh my goddess that was just awesome! … Oh what a wonderful, wonderful Wednesday I’m having! Thank you so much Sam for your truly amazing, wondrous feedback on my poetry book, I can’t tell you how much your words mean to me. 🙂

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you were able to follow my soul journey from ‘The Beginning’ through those dark days of childhood to somewhere in midlife, where I felt led to Jung, a giant egg and the discovery of the secret that ‘The Soul is My Mother.’

      Believe me when I say I shall be feasting on your beautiful words for days …. I’m in heaven, totally blissed out with JOY! My third eye is just beaming. I love how you join up the dots and make deeply healing connections between the poems and the lives and landscapes I record. 🙂

      A thousand blessings to you my dear friend and a thousand more! If you could see young Deborah now, she’s smiling, dancing, her face all aglow. Thank you so much! Namaste.

  18. Hi Deborah, I just wanted to let you know that I treated myself to your poetry book and it arrived yesterday. I have to say it really is very professional looking and I’m amazed by the amount of your work that you’ve included. Reading your poetry and your life from 15 to 50 was quite incredible and definitely a page turner – I can see how your writing style has evolved over the years and how you yourself have grown with it. This is a wonderful, moving document of a life lived thus far…I would be so proud of being able to produce a book of this standard and depth. Congratulations – I love it! This is a book to be read and re-read many times.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your great feedback on my book. It’s so kind of you to leave this comment … wow, I’m over the ‘super full, lunar eclipse, autumnal equinox’ moon with happiness! Talk about poetry in motion, tonight’s night-sky is going to be one of pure poetry and twinkling lights.

      I had no idea what the finished result would look like until my copy arrived last week, I’m so impressed … it’s just what I was hoping for. The ages fifteen to fifty felt right for me as I wanted to experience myself (age-ing to sage-ing … hopefully!) with each page and chapter turn. Oh my goddess you’ve made this poet so happy … thank you once again!

  19. Done with your unparalleled grace and style. I have a virtual bottle of (expensive) Champaign to launch this new voyage into poetic and uncommon seas. Bon Voyage, dear poet and away we go!

    1. Oh I’m soooo excited that you’re here Steve, I’m whooping for joy! Here’s to love and peace and freedom and virtual bubbles on my new poetry adventure. Away we go!

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