A hypnotic debut from a thrilling new talent.
With their tidal imagination, the poems in this debut collection sweep between old worlds and new, seeking the lost and recovering the found among shipwrecks, underwater zoos and discovered lands. Emma Jones brings her inventive worlds dramatically to life in a series of vividly distilled meetings - of settlers and indigenous peoples, of seawaters and shore, of humanity and the wilds of nature. Here, tigers stalk the captive and the free, while Death encounters his own double and Daphne tells of her new leaves, 'They sing, and make the world.' The same might be said of the poems themselves in this restless and memorable search for belonging.
Emma Jones was born and raised in Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. In 2005 she won the Newcastle Poetry Prize, Australia's largest prize for a single poem, and has been the recipient of an emerging writer's grant from the Australian Council for the Arts, and the Harper-Wood Studentship in English Poetry and Literature from St John's College, Cambridge.
Winner, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2009 Poetry Collection Award
Winner, Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (Forward Prizes for Poetry), 2009
Winner, Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Anne Elder Prize for Poetry 2009
Shorlisted, 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - John Bray Poetry Award
Shortlisted, 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards - Kenneth Slessor Prize of Poetry
Shortlisted, 2010 ACT Judith Wright Prize for Poetry 0
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