POETRY BOOKS BY JOHN JENKINS:
(Now in progress, as per MAY 2019)
P O E M S F A R A N D W I D E
Publication date: June 1, 2019
I am delighted to announce that leading Australian literary publisher *Puncher & Wattmann will publish my latest collection of poems, Poems Far and Wide, which will be available in bookshops - or via direct order from P&W, or via distributor NewSouth Books - on July 28, 2019, or earlier. See: https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/poems-far-and-wide/ (my book is now listed on this site). And: http://puncherandwattmann.com/ (my book will be listed on July 28, 2019, or earlier).
**** Watch out for details of the Melbourne launch, which will take place on July 28, 2019.
Without being too cocky I believe this is a substantial collection, possibly my best so far, and includes many poems that have been previously published, anthologised, or have won - or shortlisted in - local and international competitions.
"This very lively collection contains a wide sweep of poems, many of them prize-winning, taking readers on a remarkable journey. Some look to the past, others to the future, but all are of their time: the reverberating now. The tone is contemporary and bold, while the poet’s sensibility tends to favour an eclectic inclusiveness. Uniformly, this wide-ranging and poetically inclusive collection demands to be enjoyed."
I hope readers enjoy Poems Far and Wide.... just as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Some poems date back a little, while others are very recent indeed! The tone is contemporary and bold. There are are some longer dramatic and narrative poems, and others more lyrical in essence.
There are poems very close to home, some are observations of the natural world, while others take readers to far-flung destinations around the globe. Some are dramatic, or the poetic equivalent of 'character studies', with reverberating psychological resonance. There are poems of fast-paced wit and humor, and others deadly serious. There are trance-like or dream-like poems too, and experiments in language – often contrasting with hard-nosed factual observation. I hope the wide-ranging ambition of this collection will be enjoyed.
** Poems Far and Wide includes two first-prize winners, of both an international literary award and leading Australian poetry competition; plus eleven poems that have placed or been highly commended, commended or shortlisted in major awards.
Poems Far and Wide is now in production, and I will display news of publication, reviews and further relevant details as they happen. **** Watch out for details of the Melbourne launch, which will take place on July 28, 2019.
*Puncher & Wattmann is one of Australia's leading literary publishers, so I am in excellent company. To date, they have published more than 150 titles, with more on the way. They deserve support from all serious readers.
Over the past decades I have written nine books of poetry. The first, Zone of the White Wolf and Other Landscapes published by Contempa in 1974; and the most recent, Growing up With Mr Menzies in 2008, published by John Leonard Press. In addition, I have co-written eight titles with the Adelaide-based poet Ken Bolton; the first in 1988 and most recent 2012 (and with a KB/JJ Selected currently on the drawing board, probably for 2019/2020). I have also co-edited (along with various co-editors) three anthologies of poetry: in years 1974,1975 and 2007.
For a sampler of my previous work, see https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poems-book/growing-up-with-mr-menzies-0736000
Cocky pic, JJ.