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Journey to the Sleeping Whale

Jane Robinson

ISBN: 978-1-912561-37-7

Page Count: 86

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cover Artwork: Bertie Pringle.

About this Book

Jane Robinson is a poet of serious intent. More importantly she is a poet with enough range and depth of imagination and technique to give expression to that intent. Her poems are firmly grounded in the physical world. This is one reason why her sometimes daring flights of the imagination seem so real, so immediate and so credible. Throughout her work the combination of observation and description is confident and authoritative and is part of the fabric of her poems, which use the language and observational power of the scientific mind to make wonderfully serious and seriously wonderful poems. 
Paddy Bushe

Jane Robinsonís use of language is always interesting and always strong. The theme which for me comes over most forcefully Ė that of our wanton destruction of the natural world, including ourselves Ė is not only one of urgency but Robinson approaches it in ways that surprise and shock the reader to attention.
Geraldine Mitchell  

Jane Robinsonís poetry is bold and subtle, richly underlaid with scholarship and exploration of concerns for the earth and all creatures. Better than any poet I know she makes us aware, without righteousness or rhetoric, of the possible reality that we may destroy ourselves. We need such poets to save the earth and one another. This first collection already has me anticipating Jane Robinsonís future books while treasuring this one.
David Ray

Author Biography

Jane Robinson grew up in Ireland and worked abroad, in the USA and India, for twenty years. Informed by a BA from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Biological Science from the California Institute of Technology, much of her writing would now be described as ecopoetry. Poems from this, her first, collection have won the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Award; were second for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award; and have been commended for a variety of awards including the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Pacuare Poetry Competition in support of Pacuare Reserve, a conservation initiative based in Costa Rica. Jane lives in Dublin with her husband and their two daughters.

Read a sample from this book

At the Seaside
Where are they, those tables,
the vertebrae
of whales washed up
on Ballynamona strand?

And where are the knives
we used to find,
razor sharp shells
black-blue strewn by the sea?

And where are our plates,
oysters pearl-
glazed, carefully placed
with seaweed meals

All eaten. In our sleep we have eaten
the tables,
the knives
and the plates.

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