Perth Poetry Club 24 Aug: Jackson launches new book

I will launch my new book The emptied bridge, and read poems from it and from A coat of ashes.
Perth Poetry Club
Saturday 24 August
The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge map
Headshot of Jackson with book covers "A coat of ashes" and "The emptied bridge"

About The emptied bridge

The poems in Jackson’s fourth full-length collection explore themes of environment, society, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and daily life: the climate change of the world and the self. This is crafted, literary poetry, aware of its contemporaries and antecedents; yet these are poems that anyone with reasonable English can read or perform, that can break free from their author, go out and do work in the world. They encode rhythm and intonation along with possibilities of meaning. Their music will alter the atmosphere in your head. (Publisher’s description)

The emptied bridge explores isolation, connection, and landscapes internal and external. It is a wide-ranging collection that plays throughout with form, rhythm and technique. The poems are infused with intelligence, humour and a deep longing. Sometimes the language is haikuesque, delicate and light, sometimes it is philosophical or matter-of-fact, and often it is charged and raw. Jackson’s distinct voice captures the poignancy of loss and hope and the consolations of music, nature and colour. Edgy, visceral and muscular, The emptied bridge bravely carries its reader through experiences of shadow and light.
— Julie Watts (Legacy, UWA Publishing 2018, winner of the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript)

The emptied bridge is published by Mulla Mulla Press.

Perth Poetry Festival: OOTA Cornucopia, Fremantle, 18 August 2019

Sunday 18 August 2019
The Orient Hotel, 39 High Street (cnr Henry Street), Fremantle
I’m one of the poets reading at OOTA Cornucopia, presented by Out of the Asylum Writers Group for the 2019 Perth Poetry Festival.

I will read poems from my latest books A coat of ashes and The emptied bridge.

The poets

Carolyn Abbs
Rita Tognini
Vivienne Glance

Rose van Son
Tineke van der Eecken
Rachel Petridis
Kevin Gillam
Carol Millner

What a great line-up! We have ten minutes each. Come and listen.

2019 Perth Poetry Festival August 9-18

“A coat of ashes” launch, 4 May 2019, Perth Poetry Club

Book cover, 'A coat of ashes' by JacksonLaunched by

JACKSON in sound & spirit


Plus open mike­
Pizzas afterwards

Sales at the launch will be Pay As You Feel

2pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge
Enquiries: perthpoetryclub at gmail dot com

Can’t come? Get it online for only AUD$12.95 at

The pure tone
     of each electron
The pure functions
The math inside the atom
The muscles connecting
     the trunk to the legs
The tendons connecting
     the moon to the earth
The ligaments connecting
     the brain to the bones
A blanket,
A coat of ashes

This collection traverses science and spirituality, philosophy and matter. Drawing from physics, systems theory, Daoism and more, it contemplates profound questions about our place within a world of being. With deft silences and fine observations, these poems explore both modern and ancient paths to knowledge, seeking to ‘fully apprehend nature, including our fellow beings, and foster a reverent respect for it’. (Publisher’s description)

‘This collection, richly suffused with a personal metaphysics, delicately balances the most crucial aspects of being on a bridge between dark and light. One feels that the words in A coat of ashes might be written and received on the skin.’
— Dominique Hecq

‘Jackson’s work is both original and rooted in a number of poetic traditions, which it deftly fuses. The poems in A coat of ashes are beautifully composed, coherent and crystalline. This rich, creative work makes a genuine contribution to contemporary poetry.’
— Fiona Sampson MBE FRSL

Jackson’s goodbye gig at Perth Poetry Club 11 August 2018

I’m featuring at Perth Poetry Club on 11 August 2018.
The Moon cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge
Plus open mike
Entry is free, but patrons are asked to contribute according to their means.
This is your last chance to hear me read before I leave for a year. I’m going to work in China teaching English as a second language.

Here’s a photo of me not reading poetry, but maybe thinking about it.

Photo of Jackson not reading poetry
Photo by Callan Huxtable