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Old 06-10-2009, 09:42 AM
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Has anyone read any of Emma Jones' poetry The Striped World. While I was in Sydney I was luckily enough to witness some of her poems at the Writers Festival, which was brilliant. She did several readings, they all elicited evocative emotions, not just from me but the whole audience were sighing at the beauty of her imagery.
She has managed to get her work published by the famous Faber & Faber publishing house, in mother-england.

I was a fool for not buying her work at the time, but was wondering if anyone else has been touched by her work and has time to give out some online renditions for the benefit of her work and all the rest of us to enjoy!

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Just to continue with the above, I found one of her poems, its called paradise:

What you wanted was simple:
a house with a fence and a kind of gulled
light arching up from it to shake in the poplars
or some other brand of European tree
(or was it American?) you'd plant
just for the birds to nest in and so
the crows who'd settle there
could settle like pilgrims.

Darling, all day I've watched the garden make its way
down the road. It stops at the houses
where the lights are on and the hose reel is tidy
and climbs to the windows to look inside
like a child with its eyes of flared rhododendrons
and sunflowers that shutter the wind like bombs
so buttered and brave the sweet peas gallop
and the undergrowths fizz through the fences
and pause at some to shake into asters and weep.

The garden is a mythical beast and a pilgrim.
And when the houses stroll out it eats up
their papers and screens their evangelical dogs.

Barbeque eater,
yankee doodle,
if the garden should leave
where would we age
and park our poodle?

"This is paradise," you said,
a young expansive American saint.
And widened your arms to take it in,
that suburb, spread, with seas in it.


I think its very picturesque and beautiful. Wouldnt you agree?
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:35 AM
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I've never heard of, or read, Emma Jones before, but I like the poem you posted. I like the clarity of the descriptions. And a sense of wistful humor when she says 'where would we age / and park our poodle?'

Post more if you can find it, and i'll try to find her in the library. thanks for sharing
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:31 PM
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I just reviewed The Striped World on Amazon.com. Emma Jones is great. My review speaks for itself -- though I could have said a great deal more.
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