Melbourne poetry fans: Jackson’s in town soon! 3 Sep Passionate Tongues

Melbourne poetry fans, in case you've forgotten what I look like...Melbourne poetry fans, take note! I’m booked for a 10-minute slot at Passionate Tongues on Tuesday 3 September (7:30pm at The Brothers Public House, 42 Johnston St, Fitzroy) and hope to be included in the open mike at the Dan Poets Anthology Launch and maybe at POSTY and whatever else might be happening.

I have two new books, A coat of ashes and The emptied bridge. Both will be available from me while stocks last. Pay as you feel.

In the dream, he tells me he doesn’t need a condom

(From The emptied bridge)

In the dream, he tells me
he doesn’t need a condom
because

he has his book. In the dream, we’ve both
read it. Condoms are a manifestation
of Capitalism. A Bad Thing. Probably

made by Monsanto. We don’t
need them. We can use our minds
to divert the sperm. In the dream

I know it works, if done
correctly, wholeheartedly,
together. We have to trust.

I can’t.
I can’t.
I can’t. Yet

in the dream, we don’t
have a condom
to our name.

My poem ‘Split and shaped’ wins Ros Spencer Poetry Prize and is published online

Happy news! My poem “split and shaped” has won the 2019 Ros Spencer Poetry Prize and is published online here. I wrote it while doing an online course with the Poetry School. It was inspired by visiting England, where I was born. The competition was judged by Dennis Haskell.

Perth Poetry Club 24 Aug: Jackson launches new book

I will launch my new book The emptied bridge, and read poems from it and from A coat of ashes.
Perth Poetry Club
Saturday 24 August
2-4pm
The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge map
 
Headshot of Jackson with book covers "A coat of ashes" and "The emptied bridge"

About The emptied bridge

The poems in Jackson’s fourth full-length collection explore themes of environment, society, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and daily life: the climate change of the world and the self. This is crafted, literary poetry, aware of its contemporaries and antecedents; yet these are poems that anyone with reasonable English can read or perform, that can break free from their author, go out and do work in the world. They encode rhythm and intonation along with possibilities of meaning. Their music will alter the atmosphere in your head. (Publisher’s description)

The emptied bridge explores isolation, connection, and landscapes internal and external. It is a wide-ranging collection that plays throughout with form, rhythm and technique. The poems are infused with intelligence, humour and a deep longing. Sometimes the language is haikuesque, delicate and light, sometimes it is philosophical or matter-of-fact, and often it is charged and raw. Jackson’s distinct voice captures the poignancy of loss and hope and the consolations of music, nature and colour. Edgy, visceral and muscular, The emptied bridge bravely carries its reader through experiences of shadow and light.
— Julie Watts (Legacy, UWA Publishing 2018, winner of the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript)

The emptied bridge is published by Mulla Mulla Press.

The emptied bridge

The emptied bridge, my fourth full-length poetry collection.

‘The emptied bridge’ poetry book cover
 

From “soaked”

… We’re the flensing edge
of any of a hundred
newly risen
teeth

We’re the cornea
of a boy bodysurfing
beside an
outlet pipe …

The poems in Jackson’s fourth full-length collection explore themes of environment, society, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and daily life: the climate change of the world and the self. This is crafted, literary poetry, aware of its contemporaries and antecedents; yet these are poems that anyone with reasonable English can read or perform, that can break free from their author, go out and do work in the world. They encode rhythm and intonation along with possibilities of meaning. Their music will alter the atmosphere in your head. (Publisher’s description)

The emptied bridge explores isolation, connection, and landscapes internal and external. It is a wide-ranging collection that plays throughout with form, rhythm and technique. The poems are infused with intelligence, humour and a deep longing. Sometimes the language is haikuesque, delicate and light, sometimes it is philosophical or matter-of-fact, and often it is charged and raw. Jackson’s distinct voice captures the poignancy of loss and hope and the consolations of music, nature and colour. Edgy, visceral and muscular, The emptied bridge bravely carries its reader through experiences of shadow and light.
— Julie Watts (Legacy, UWA Publishing 2018, winner of the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript)

Order your copy

Published in 2019 by Mulla Mulla Press. 132 pages. ISBN 9780648542438