Sarah Jackson’s debut pamphlet marks her out as a highly individual lyricist and a patiently sensitive capturer of images. Milk wittily dramatises the mute anger of lonely babies and lost girls, dramatising problems of intimacy with an unwavering gaze that encompasses bobbly tights, birds, exposed skins, and neglectful, hazardous domesticity. The pieces suck us into familiar spaces; the bus, supermarket, boat or cot; but these become strange through the barely articulated desires which mark and alter them. Other poems develop haunting problematics of the body in landscape: rather than remaining the passive backdrop to human activity, nature seems to have gone to seed, rousing dormant layers of the self or providing strange correlatives of the sexual body.
From over 120 entries Milk was shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Poetry Award for an outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form in the UK during 2008. As we only produce limited edition print runs, we're both sorry and delighted to announce that this pamphlet has now sold out, so achieving true collector's item status!
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They rattle the keys as a warning.
Warmed by wine she offers me a drink,
insists I stay.
We can have a proper chat over breakfast, she says.
Yes, she says, as she always does, do stay.
In the spare room, I undress, wait,
listen for the sounds of them breathing.