Anna Jackson made her debut in AUP New Poets 1 before publishing six collections with Auckland University Press, most recently I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (2014). She has a DPhil from Oxford, and is now an associate professor in English literature at Victoria University of Wellington. Jackson is the author of Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers' Diaries 1915-1962 (2010) and, with Charles Ferrall, British Juvenile Fiction 1850-1950: The Age of Adolescence (2009).
I feel that I must start by mentioning the cover, its stark black and white trees and hens and just a tiny drop of red for the hen's combs, the title and the authors name. Very bold and very pleasing, rather like the poems themselves. - Marcus Hobson