“A coat of ashes” launch, 4 May 2019, Perth Poetry Club

Book cover, 'A coat of ashes' by JacksonLaunched by

JACKSON in sound & spirit


Plus open mike­
Pizzas afterwards

Sales at the launch will be Pay As You Feel

2pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge
Enquiries: perthpoetryclub at gmail dot com

Can’t come? Get it online for only AUD$12.95 at recentworkpress.com

The pure tone
     of each electron
The pure functions
The math inside the atom
The muscles connecting
     the trunk to the legs
The tendons connecting
     the moon to the earth
The ligaments connecting
     the brain to the bones
A blanket,
A coat of ashes

This collection traverses science and spirituality, philosophy and matter. Drawing from physics, systems theory, Daoism and more, it contemplates profound questions about our place within a world of being. With deft silences and fine observations, these poems explore both modern and ancient paths to knowledge, seeking to ‘fully apprehend nature, including our fellow beings, and foster a reverent respect for it’. (Publisher’s description)

‘This collection, richly suffused with a personal metaphysics, delicately balances the most crucial aspects of being on a bridge between dark and light. One feels that the words in A coat of ashes might be written and received on the skin.’
— Dominique Hecq

‘Jackson’s work is both original and rooted in a number of poetic traditions, which it deftly fuses. The poems in A coat of ashes are beautifully composed, coherent and crystalline. This rich, creative work makes a genuine contribution to contemporary poetry.’
— Fiona Sampson MBE FRSL

Jackson’s goodbye gig at Perth Poetry Club 11 August 2018

I’m featuring at Perth Poetry Club on 11 August 2018.
The Moon cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge
Plus open mike
Entry is free, but patrons are asked to contribute according to their means.
This is your last chance to hear me read before I leave for a year. I’m going to work in China teaching English as a second language.

Here’s a photo of me not reading poetry, but maybe thinking about it.

Photo of Jackson not reading poetry
Photo by Callan Huxtable

Voicebox Fremantle 30 April 2018 features poems from Jackson & Maddie Godfrey

Voicebox: Jackson reads a poem
Reading my poem “quite a thing” in open mike at March Voicebox

Voicebox Fremantle‘s poetry gathering next month features myself and the remarkable Maddie Godfrey, plus open mike.
30 April 2018
From 7pm
Cafe at The Rose, 78 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle
$6 unwaged, $10 waged
Cafe (meals, refreshments, licensed bar) and open mike list open from 6:30pm

Poetry workshop in Fremantle! The semantics of silence: writing poems that breathe. 28 April 2018

Poetry workshop in Fremantle! Come and write with me.

scene of silence for poetry workshop in Fremantle

Poetry is made of words, but that’s only half the story. Poets compose with silences, too. The pauses in a poem let it breathe and come alive. Explore the uses of silence through writing experiments and examples in a supportive, encouraging setting. Everyone is welcome, from old hands to beginners. Please bring pen and paper.

Saturday 28 April 2018
Fremantle Arts Centre
Presented by Jackson for Out of the Asylum Writers Group (OOTA).
Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members.
Book today by emailing Marlish Glorie, marlish at westnet dot com dot au.
OOTA’s workshops are very popular, and places are limited. Bookings are essential.