Coracle

Coracle, my first full-length poetry collection. 94 of my readers’ and audiences’ favourite poems in a sequence that is in itself a poem. Read from front to back it will surely mess with your mind.

‘Coracle’ book cover
 

from Celtic Knots

(St Audoen’s Church, Dublin, 2005)

Temple of history, temple
of short lives long
gone, temple of hundreds
of souls… trod
on me hard as I trod
on its layers
of graves. Quiet
spirits whispered hundreds
of hushes
from the eleventh-
century walls.

If I ever go to church in Dublin this is where.
Not in St Patrick’s with its souvenir stalls.

If I go back to Dublin,
if I take you there,
let me take you to St Audoen’s…

AUD$25 including postage
 
From the opening lines of the first poem, the reader is introduced to a powerful, resonant and poignantly moving voice…Jackson’s poetry is lean and purposeful… There are many stunning poems here, wry and wistful, love poems with a heartbreaking absence of sentimentality, terrific poems of place and observation and understanding…Coracle is unreservedly recommended. — Shane McCauley in Indigo

If words were chemicals, the potency packed into Coracle would need a stronger container than paper and ink, page and stanza. Jackson’s voice is immediate, the sensations intense, the experiences intelligently informed by free association, by her sense of the absurd and a poignant sensibility. To paraphrase her, this is speech stripped to the waist; imagination which played it scary when aroused by the urge to taste life fully. Her expression is as contemporary, individual and vivid as a digital video and, like an online broadcast, it seeks to straddle the divide between personal and public worldviews. This collection should carry a warning: Your perception will be altered. — Annamaria Weldon

AUD$25 including postage
 
Please contact me for more info or to arrange another way to pay. Coracle is also available through independent bookshops (notably Collected Works, Level 1, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne), from me in person, and through the Australian public library system.
 
Published in 2009 by the author. 92 pages. ISBN 9780646508757. Cover design by Raymond Grenfell.

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