Poems Far and Wide

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Puncher & Wattmann, Jun 27, 2019 - Poetry - 172 pages

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.

"As striking and triumphant in current poetry as a Gauguin in a gallery of Flemish still life." - Robert Harris, generally on Jenkins' work, in Overland.

"There's a whole-heartedness about how he embraces the world he sees: aware of its faults, but never stinting..." - Sharon Olinka (USA) Thylazine website.

"The wit, language play and urbane imagery we are used to from Jenkins, as well as emotional repth and an infectious delight in language..." - Mike Ladd, reviewing Dark River in Australian Book Review.

"Innovative, intellectually sprightly, and artistically refreshing." - Heather Cam, reviewing A Break in the Weather in Sydney Morning Herald.

John Jenkins is the author of nine collections; he also writes non-fiction, short stories, radio plays and sometimes for live performance. Born in Melbourne in 1949, John lived in Sydney in the 1970s, and has worked extensively as a journalist, both at home and overseas and now writes full time. John won the 2003 Arts Rush/Shoalhaven Poetry Prize; the 2004 James Joyce Suspended Sentence Award; and 2013 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize. He has presented master classes in Dublin and Singapore. John lives near Victoria's Yarra Valley, on the semi-rural fringes of Melbourne. He enjoys walking, good wine and hopes for a better world.

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John Major Jenkins is an independent researcher on ancient Mesoamerican cosmology who has worked with the highland Tzutujil and Quiche Maya communities. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

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