Jill Jones

(1961 - / Australia)

Jill Jones
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Jill Jones is a poet and writer living in Sydney, Australia.

In 1993 she won the Mary Gilmore Prize for her first book of poetry, The Mask and the Jagged Star (Hazard Press). Her third book, The Book of Possibilities (Hale & Iremonger), was published in 1997. It was shortlisted for the National Book Council 'Banjo' Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards. Her fourth book, Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems, was published by Salt Publishing in 2002. It won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW Premier's Literary Awards). Her fifth full-length book, Broken/Open was published by Salt Publishing in 2005. It was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year 2005 ... more »

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The Beautiful Anxiety

The paths are full of iron and stars.
Who does not welcome all this
black, burning with misplaced rain?
If it's reported that islands have gone
missing, remember how seas love us
and trail in our blood.
If there's too much of a ghost now
upon the clouds, a wing, a roar
none of that will open
the dead to this world again.

There's nothing purely accidental
in your edgy condition.
Damage seems almost a necessity.
If there's beauty in patina, it's here
not just waiting for the cracks
in the permanent. It's subcutaneous
like a language that ...

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