2017 is not the time to blink

Small Cries

Samantha Jackson

This wonderfully absorbing debut contains poems of exact observations of real or imagined moments. Romantic yet unsentimental, they explore, in turn, time, mortality, and parenthood. Each poem is highly charged leaving absolutely nothing to spare, as each contains the tightly bound inner-logic of what the poet sees and what, through her craft, she reveals to the reader.

Samantha Jackson lives in London with her daughter and her partner, working as a commissioning editor. She studied Literature at the UEA and has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University. Her work has appeared in UK poetry magazines and anthologies, and she was selected as a mentee on the Arvon/ Jerwood mentoring scheme.

'Samantha Jackson's poems are family snapshots in unexpected pastel; water, air, glass and blood. The central celebratory poems featuring her young daughter are juxtaposed with those of the grandparents, the intricacies of those relationships. These are intimate poems, on the cusp, the dawn or dusk or human experience, fizz with the potential of coiled springs. The most memorable offer 'a double taste of comfort and discomfort' which could well become the hallmark of this gifted poet.'