Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Striped World of Emma Jones

After my recent experience of those who would call me "colleague", I will keep this short and sweet. In "Zoos for the Dead", the longest poem in this all-too-brief collection, young Sydney poet Emma Jones has given us a classic in the same class as Slessor's "Five Bells", but with the ear of Heaney and the precision of a Derek Walcott. Anyone anywhere who professes to love poetry needs to own this book. My prediction is it will be one of the most smudged and dog-eared collections in many years out of this country. Just click on the post heading to follow the links to my favourite publisher, Faber & Faber.

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