Jordie Albiston has published nine poetry collections. Two of her books, Botany Bay Document (Black Pepper, 1996) and The Hanging of Jean Lee (Black Pepper, 1998), have been adapted for music theatre, both enjoying seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Albiston’s most recent titles are The Weekly Poem: 52 Exercises in Closed and Open Forms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014) and Jack & Mollie (& Her) (UQP, 2016). Her work has won many awards, including the 2010 NSW Premier’s Prize. Albiston has an ongoing preoccupation with mathematical constructs and constraints, and the possibilities offered in terms of poetic structure. She lives in Melbourne.Â
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Jack and Mollie (and Her)
… up here I have the high eyes to identify my all-around of course I must go the way below some often as I have the depend on the sniff to comprehend the every but her shoulder is of the significant special on account of my near-near to Her & we are of the similar see which from a philosophical brings us much close there is more to life than feet feet feet I have the assure … Vibrantly playful and formally extraordinary, Albistion’s exuberant long poem captures the voices of two very likeable dogs and their unlikely ‘ownee’, offering a gloriously oblique portrait of the canine adventures that map a household. Jack and Mollie’s observant commentary of ‘Her’ give the book its emotional compass, while the syllabic structure and dynamic rhythms lend it muscle and pulse.