JACKSON was born in Cumbria, England, and currently lives in Australia and New Zealand. She has written poetry since childhood and has published four books, a chapbook, seven zines and a CD. She won the 2019 Ros Spencer Poetry Prize and the 2014 Ethel Webb Bundell Poetry Prize. Her poems have also won a number of second prizes and commendations. Her hundreds of public appearances include guest performances at the Queensland and Tasmanian Poetry Festivals. In 2018 she completed her PhD in Writing at Edith Cowan University, winning the University Research Medal, the Arts and Humanities Research Medal and the Magdalena Prize for Feminist Research. Since 1991 her work has been published in Australian, American, English and Canadian journals and anthologies, including the Australian Poetry Journal, The High Window, Ink Sweat & Tears, London Grip, Cordite, and the Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. She was the featured essayist in The High Window issue 7. In 2009 Jackson instigated Perth Poetry Club, a highly successful weekly reading and community group, which is now well-known across the poetry world and has launched many poets’ public careers. She coordinated it until 2012. In 2013 she founded the online poetry journal Uneven Floor, editing it until 2018. Jackson has two adult children and has worked as a computer programmer, a charity telemarketer, a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor, and an English-language teacher. During 2018 and 2019 she taught English in China. She now works as a poetry editor, writing teacher, and casual academic.
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Split and shaped It’s as if they said, three hundred years ago, this is a house, a flat-sided box with a door and small plain windows, two storeys of fired or quarried country, my country, grey upon brown upon grey, gathered in patches and swathes amid the irrepressible green — the fields, trees, hedges, lawns — gathered in blocks and rows among the poles, wires, rails, signs, business buildings in concrete or ridged metal, the Industrial Revolution in its birthplace and I in mine, clutching my BritRail pass (its sleek train amid the green, its precious printed month) in long Viking fingers as Viking Saxon Norman Celtic English, my English, articulates the air at my Hamlet ears I hang them with earrings of dark Honister slate, the rock my grandfather and uncle rived until the pit closed, the Industrial Revolution offshoring itself and I its child, clutching— but British Rail is gone, the network sectioned like it was in its youth, George and Robert Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel Those names! their everywhere flourish, grey upon brown upon grey amid the indefensible green, chimneys cleaving the low sky the signature of old work The Aga burns coal in the seventeenth-century guesthouse, my father born in its front bedroom, its face of ancient lava plastered with ivy, its third Mrs Jackson my aunt My uncle points out his extensions: porch, kitchen, teashop, looking craggy and venerable Your grandfather built that garden wall, he says In the bookshop I read about dry stone walling My father tried it with orange Australian rocks but all he got were cairns I take my Wordsworth ears by bus from Stonethwaite to Keswick for two modest pieces of country, her strata split and shaped into delicate abstract leaves, as cool as autumn rain, buffed smooth in the back room, divided by a silver line Winner of the 2019 Ros Spencer Poetry Prize First published on wapoets.com, August 2019 Published in Brushstrokes: Ros Spencer Poetry Prize Anthology 2016-2019, WA Poets Publishing 2019.
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