In this spare and sharply observed collection of poems is the essence of a human story: what transpires when, despite all reason, we love someone who makes it difficult to love them. The imagery is a shocking and sometimes bleakly humorous mixture of the intimacies of blood and drink with the detachment of words and memories – perhaps most of all the final detachment of writing itself.
"A Leaving reads like a photograph taken before the body cools, a state of undress few poets expose. "Suitable for mature audiences", this is poetry of short direct imagery and sharp intakes of breath, often startling intimacy from within its detached frame" David Stavanger
Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Her poems have appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review and Going Down Swinging, and broadcast on national and international radio. She is the creator of the Melbourne Poetry Map, www.melbpoetry.com and a former Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine, www.peril.com.au. This is her first collection.
Eleanor Jackson, A Leaving (dB3)
2018. 38pp. 120mm x 150mm ISBN 978-1-925735-13-0
deciBels series 3 (edited by Michelle Cahill and Dimitra Harvey)