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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A Taste For Hunger

I have put my hand out to the word.
It’s been there for days. Hovering
between the newspaper and the television.

It’s been crying. I can tell this pain. The pulling
apart. Pages in telephone books and directories,
their rough skins drag the air.

It’s between the kitchen’s song — making,
a smell of it. What’s left in the corner,
wrapped in old newspaper — And

the song of living rooms, steady humming.
An excuse for silence these days.
And when the crying doesn’t stop

the word becomes water bowl,
salty in making. This taste of hunger,
and ...

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