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.
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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.
The Striped World by Emma Jones
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Faber & Faber
Winner of Felix Dennis Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection 2009 Short-listed for John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize 2009
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