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About the Author

Emma Jones was born in Sydney to an Australian father and British mother, and studied at the universities of Sydney and Cambridge. Her first book, The Striped World, has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Collection and is shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She is currently poet-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571245382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571245383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,327,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is a new poet who blazes into our consciousness like Blake's tiger burning bright. I came upon Emma Jones's first book of poems at Wordworth's Dove Cottage in Grasmere, The Lake District, where she's poet in residence.

Jones engages the reader right away with this tightly-written, brilliant collection. Beginning at the beginning, she's concerned with her own birth in "Waking" where she imagines "when my mother woke and felt a twitch// inside, like the shifting of curtains." Very nice image. That evocative "filmy fluttery" feeling. We are in for a ride of sensations and colors. And it's not her (the poet/speaker's) waking but the mother's. We're treated to the image of her as the fluttering, pent-up bird trying to get free throughout these remarkable poems.

What range Jones has! In "Daphne" she takes flight to the classical. Right away I was with Ovid, and Richard Strauss. But no, it is really she, the poet as sensing being who tells us: "I'm not that happy. It's good to be a girl,// and a tree, with the wind in it. It's good// to move in the wind, and to move the wind.// My leaves all move. They sing, and make the world.

Wow. A poet is speaking as herself, a nymph and a tree all at the same time. That's poetry! And thanks, Emma, for giving us back the word "girl" as something that is not anathema. Congratulations on your confidence with that word.

Confidence with words--how about that! One after another, each poem shows it:
"Window," "The Mind," and "Sonnet" (oh my, that range again): "'Where's your terminus?'// The flowers are wan// travellers. They unpack their cases. All// they know, they are. Renewal, rest. Renewal."

This poetry collection is filled with surprises. The world itself is a kind of tiger. Striped, that is.
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The eminently quotable Conversation won me over. Anglo-Australian Jones is in the same ballpark as the Canadian Karen Solie. Both deserve to grace the pages of Poetry (Chicago); there is no higher praise
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As a poet and critic who shares an Oxbridge "pedigree" with this writer, I must say that I find it hard to account for her lack of literary talent or verbal ability. A definite miss.
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