Rosie Jackson has been reading at several events to launch her debut poetry collection, The Light Box, and there will be many more opportunities to meet Rosie, hear her read, and get hold of this beautiful book. We don’t do e-books at Cultured Llama, and when you see and feel our books, as well as read from them, you will know why. If, like us, you lift a book to your nose to smell the new pages, run your hands over the cover and feel the weight of the book, then you will appreciate the experience of a physical book, and the author reading from it at live events makes it even better. Rosie Jackson has events lined up into next year; they are listed at Events.
The next best thing is hearing Rosie read her poems online, and you can find several of her poems at The MacGuffin. You can search by the author’s name or look for #culturedllama for readings by our other authors, including Vivien Jones and Maria C. McCarthy. Rosie’s poems can also be found on Soundcloud.
The Light Box is a very handsome book. The cover features one of Stanley Spencer’s Resurrections […] The poems inside are equally handsome and well written and Spencer features in those. Spencer put aside his first wife to live with his second, Patricia, in a ‘white marriage’, but persuaded his first wife, Hilda, to remain as his lover. And Hilda features in the poem ‘Hilda Carline Spencer’, and ‘The Apple Gatherer’ both of which are narrated by Hilda. Artist narrators also occur elsewhere in the book: Picasso, Georges de la Tour, Daguerre in Paris in 1839. And other poems are more directly ekphrastic as in ‘Recovery Stroke’ subtitled ‘after Grainger McKoy’s sculpture ‘Recovery Wing’, 2010’. As such, these pieces do grapple with the difficulties of representation, in the artists’ comments ‘straight to camera’ as it were, through Jackson’s projection of what the artists might say. Or, as noted above, Jackson imagines monologues about the artist’s lives. Jackson has a sharp line in persona poems: Her Uncle visits Vesuvius in one poem; Penelope muses on her life without Odysseus; John Donne arrives in Heaven; and Leonard Woolf, Eurydice, Lazarus, Mrs Thatcher and Margery Kempe all appear.