POEMS FAR AND WIDE
Feb. 2020: I am delighted to announce that Australian literary publisher Puncher & Wattmann has recently published my latest collection of poems, Poems Far and Wide. I will be reading from my book at the annual Grand Read, part of the Warrandyte Festival, at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 24, upstairs at the Grand Hotel, 110 Yarra St, Warrandyte VIC 3113. Phone (03) 9844 3202, but no need to book, just turn up on the night. There is a $20 admission charge, but also free supper and music, plus drinks at bar prices. And of course, a terrific line-up of local and guest readers!
Poems Far and Wide is now available through all good bookshops.
It is distributed nationally through New South Books:
The terrific launch speech by Alex Skovron has been posted on Rochford Street Review: https://rochfordstreetreview.com/2019/10/01/delightfully-eclectic-alex-skovron-launches-poems-far-and-wide-by-john-jenkins/
And there is a review by Martin Duwell on his Australian Poetry Review website: http://www.australianpoetryreview.com.au/2019/10/john-jenkins-poems-far-wide/
Plus review by Jo French on page 26 of local paper, The Warrandyte Diary: http://warrandytediary.com.au/february-2020/
I will post links to further reviews as I learn of them.
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 engaging 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.
*Puncher & Wattmann is one of Australia's leading literary publishers, so I am in excellent company. To date, they have published 150-plus titles, with more on the way. They deserve support from all serious readers.
For a sampler of my previous work, see https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poems-book/growing-up-with-mr-menzies-0736000
Cocky pic, JJ. Cartoon opposite, Shan.