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the poetry that matters

Jill Jones

Jill Jones is an Australian poet who has published six full-length books of poetry including Dark Bright Doors, 2010; Broken/Open, 2005; Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems, 2002; The Book of Possibilities, 1997; Flagging Down Time, 1993; and The Mask and the Jagged Star, 1992. She has also published a number of chapbooks including Senses Working Out, Vagabond Press, 2012, and Struggle and Radiance: Ten Commentaries, Wild Honey Press, Eire, 2004. A new full-length book, Ash Is Here, So Are Stars, is due in later 2012. Her major awards include the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2003, for Screens Jets Heaven, and the Mary Gilmore Award, 1993, for The Mask and the Jagged Star. Her books have also been shortlisted in the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (twice), The Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards and the National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Award.

She has collaborated with photographer Annette Willis and other visual and sound artists on a number of multi-media projects, which have been presented at various festivals and events. Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech and Spanish. She is a member of the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.

Rain Passages
 

Account beyond book     Basin valley of trees
 

Cordial welcome sky
 

Downwards in flood kneeling     Feather passages of rain
 

Ground warm welcome     Hands translate
 

Line of air
 

Mechanism deep weighed     Produce good coming with
 

Stations close luminous
 

Welcome to sky this damage
 

 

 

 


End To Begin
 

Barefeet the sad one     Deaf secret
 

Facts ordinary-sung     Gestured silver bells
 

Isolated by history     Localised by story
 

Programs of rest     Remainders gutter our monumentals
 

Song naved retreat    Tattooed the past era
 

When whosoever with will

 

 

 

Abandon Villas
 

your instinct backfires

your donkey walks beside gaudy stooges
 

you can’t remember any longer

but you may disrupt sissy soufflés
 

the ship is without crew or coxswain

grab decks, pigeons, something handy
 

below this remembering

the plane of loins, the doodahs
 

the tenor lifts sorrows, siphons the dope

screws the dandy to his sonnet
 

and crows

no point in rambling, move below

 

 

 

Haste Down Then Done
 

wind pigeons home boxes

word pegs dummy time
 

shut targets gust zone

hard legs lime hearts
 

play tastes word ground

wing casts lest trouble
 

sleep traps tongued touch

turn easy lie hard
 

look fresh doll's wish

fling crimp small straps
 

sky pinch grey town

let soil after all
 

foot slips strife whet

keen runs thrown down
 

show turns haste home

need held then done

 

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                                                                                                             April 30, 2012