lemon oil

lemon oil, my second full-length poetry collection.

‘lemon oil’ book cover
 

lemon oil

In this dream
I heal the cuts
his bareness
has left
all over me

with tart, sparse,
sweet, spreading
lemon oil,
the same soft stings

with which I nurture
your smooth
unlacquered
fret-slit
rosewood
fingerboard

 
The pressing, convincing voice of these poems drives you to read fast and then catch your breath, to search for answers and encounter love. Jackson’s second collection is fiery, bold and brave — it unravels everyday stories and raw encounters in a poetic and potent play of language and lemon oil. I don’t know of any other Australian poet who is writing with the combined verve and craft of Jackson. — Claire Potter
 
lemon oil is also available from me at readings, workshops, and wherever else I happen to be.
 
Published in 2013 by Mulla Mulla Press. 120 pages. ISBN 9780987517005. Cover design by Coral Carter.

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.

Performance Poets

‘Performance Poets’ book cover

say something

If I
want to speak
here, it seems I must wear
this colourful suit
they have given me. They say
it looks good on me,
makes me appear more
interesting. But

it’s too small:
my shoulders are too broad,
my arms reach well beyond the cuffs,
my hips are too wide,
I can hardly bend my knees
and everyone can see
my Achilles tendons.

Also, I’m afraid of getting stuck in it.

I long to tear it off,
shrug on my own
plain garments, go
home.

But this is the only Speakers Corner in town
and there are people
everywhere
unheard —
because they have no clothes,
or because they’re caged —
so please beware of popping buttons
as I say something

for them.

I don’t consider myself a ‘performance poet’, but some Western Australians seem to think of me that way. I have a micro-collection of poems in Performance Poets, published in 2013 by Fremantle Press. The book also includes collections from Jeremy Balius, Byron Bard, Allan Boyd (Antipoet), Liana Joy Christensen, Gabrielle Everall, Amber Fresh, Afeif Ismail, Dosh Luckwell, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Kaitlyn Plyley and John Charles Ryan. It comes with downloadable audio performances and an introduction by Rebecca Giggs.