16 November 2010

Striped World


Emma Jones. Striped World, Faber and Faber, 2009.

Shortlisted for the 2010 Judith Wright Poetry Prize*.

SYNOPSIS
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 transitory 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 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.

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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*Judith Wright Prize for a published collection by an Australian writer is awarded annually. It is one of five ACT Poetry Prizes.

The ACT Government, through the ACT Arts Fund administered by artsACT, has offered ACT Poetry Prizes since 2003. The 2010 winner will be announced in November from the shortlist selected by a panel comprising comprising Ms Maureen Bettle, Mr John Jenkins, Ms Lesley Lebkowicz and Mr David Brooks.