Warning for developing minds: this site contains a few poems that use 'swear' words or relate to sex or other 'adult themes'.

Saturday Poetry Writing

at The Moon Cafe (brunch will be available!).
Saturday mornings from 13 September 2014.

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Leap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment. Express yourself. Generate ideas. Learn more about what poetry can do. If you’re already writing poetry, try something new. If you’re not — time to start!

This workshop is suitable for all poets from beginners to established writers.

13, 20 & 27 September 2014
at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge.
10:15am to 12:45pm.
Come to one or two, or come to all three!

Each workshop is $25 — $15 concession! — if you book online. Save over 10%: book all 3 workshops & pay only $65, or $40 concession. These prices include the booking fees.
$30/$20 cash on the day.

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Please bring writing materials, an open mind and a sense of adventure. Refreshments (including brunch!) may be purchased from the cafe.

You can stay all day: Perth Poetry Club starts at 2pm. Enjoy the featured poets and maybe try your poems in open mike.

Poetry Kitchen tomorrow 14 August 2014 is cancelled, sorry

There will be no Poetry Kitchen tomorrow 14 August 2014, sorry. But it’s happening next Thursday! Click here to book

Poets, get tactful feedback here

Prices are in Australian dollars.

Brief assessment, from $9.50

What you’ll get: For each poem you will receive a score out of 5 on the artistic merit of your idea or concept; a score out of 5 on the standard of the writing; and a short paragraph briefly stating the poem’s strengths and weaknesses, including areas that need work if there are any.

In-depth assessment, from $39.50

What you’ll get: For each poem you will receive a score out of 5 on the artistic merit of your idea or concept; a score out of 5 on the standard of the writing; and detailed remarks about the poem’s strengths and weaknesses. I will read your poem several times and give it considerable thought. If I think it is appropriate I will make detailed editing suggestions; I may provide these using the ‘Insert Comments’ and ‘Track Changes’ features of LibreOffice or Microsoft Word.

How to get your assessment

  1. Put your poem or poems in one document. I prefer .odt format (from LibreOffice, OpenOffice, etc) but will accept Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), .rtf, .pdf or plain text.
  2. Do a word count. In LibreOffice: Tools → Word Count. In Microsoft Word: Review → Word Count.
  3. Read the Terms and Conditions below.
  4. Use one of the Paypal buttons below to buy your assessment. (You don’t need a Paypal account.)
  5. Use the Send Poetry link below the buttons to send me your document and the Paypal receipt number or transaction ID. Please add your name to the subject line. I will reply with your assessment.

Brief assessment

  • Single poem of 250 words or less: $9.50

  • Poem(s) of up to 4000 words: $7.50 per 250 words, charged per 500 words.

    Total number of words

  • More than 4000 words: Please contact me for a quote. Include a brief sample of your poetry.

In-depth assessment

  • Single poem of 250 words or less: $39.50

  • Poem(s) of up to 2000 words: $32.50 per 250 words, charged per 500 words.

    Total number of words

  • More than 2000 words: Please contact me for a quote. Include a brief sample of your poetry.

Send Poetry

Click the following link to email me your poetry. Please add your name to the subject line, quote the Paypal receipt number or transaction ID, and attach your document. I will reply with your assessment. Many thanks for your purchase — I look forward to reading your poetry.

If the Send Poetry link does not appear, please email your poetry and the Paypal receipt ID to lostpoetjj at gmail dot com (or try enabling JavaScript and reloading this page).

Terms and conditions

  • Any words after the paid-for word count will be ignored.
  • No correspondence will be entered into. If you want a second email about a poem, please use the buttons to request another assessment. If you want to have an email, Skype or face-to-face conversation about a poem, please contact me for a quote. My standard hourly rates are here.
  • Brief assessments usually take between 1 and 3 working days. In-depth assessments may take 5 to 10 working days. These times are not guaranteed, sorry, because there’s only one of me. If your assessment seems to be taking a long time, feel free to contact me.
  • Assessments provided are my opinion only. I can’t guarantee that you will be published, win a competition, or impress your mother. I will do my best to provide expert feedback, but I take no responsibility for anything that happens or does not happen in your poetry career or in any other aspect of your life.
  • Privacy: I will not share your email address, poetry, assessment, or any other details with anyone. I will not plagiarise your poetry. I have a list of previous clients whom I contact very occasionally with updates: if you’d rather not be added to that list, just ask when you email me your poetry.

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Who am I to be offering this?


About me

See my CV
Read my collected poems
See my books, chapbooks and zines
Read some of my poems written on commission
Read some of my poems for special occasions

I had very little confidence in my poetry until I asked Jackson to go through it. She told me what was effective and where I needed to put more work in. She is a thorough editor, not afraid to change or question, and helps bring the best out of each poem. Since then I have had poems published in Blackmail Press, Creatrix, Famous Reporter, Uneven Floor and Going Down Swinging.
— Tineke Van der Eecken, Tineke Creations

For more testimonials, see the Help with Poetry page.

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Poetry Kitchen is on again! Book online now. 6 places only. Tactful feedback weekly. Starts 14 Aug

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Gather around the table to work on your poems with an experienced poet and poetry editor.

Poetry Kitchen
  • Tactful feedback
  • Writing experiments
  • Poetry techniques and ideas
  • Poetic company
  • Yummy snacks

Come as you are, write from your soul.

10-12 Thursdays
in Fremantle.

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It’s only $20 — $10 concession! — and that includes the booking fee.
(Bookings are essential. If you come without booking there may not be a place for you, and you’ll be charged an extra $5.)

Jackson’s honest, respectful feedback has helped me to write with more confidence. I particularly enjoy Poetry Kitchen — it manages to be stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Because Jackson is so willing to share her knowledge, I always come away feeling that I’ve learned something new.
— Elizabeth Nicholls. Read a poem by Elizabeth here.
I have been working regularly with Jackson in her editing group. She holds a safe and respectful place for us to give and receive critiques. I like that we follow a method which focuses on the poem as a work of art, rather than on whether it appeals to us or not. Poetry Kitchen is helping me develop the skills to critique my own work. I find Jackson’s classes challenging, exciting and inspiring. The scones are yummy too.
— Annette Mullumby. Read a poem by Annette here.

Each session is limited to 6 participants, so bookings are essential. Online bookings for each session are open until sold out or until the morning of the session. If you come without booking there may not be a place for you, and you’ll be charged an extra $5.

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You know you want to.
$20/$10.
Cheap as.

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I’m the featured poet at Perth Poetry Club on 26 July

I have a double feature, which means two ten-minute sets, one in each half of the program.

Saturday 26 July, 2-4pm, Perth Poetry Club, at The Moon cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge. Entry is free but you will be encouraged to contribute according to your means. Plus open mike — come early to sign up.

I’m also reading at OOTA’s ‘Poetry Bites’ members lunch at Fremantle Arts Centre on 1 August.

the moon on her setting arc

as I go past the half-built homes
back to my kitchen
at the end of my day
the moon’s on her setting arc
finding a path down the sky

her face is jaundiced
by smog and the dust
of all these construction sites
building and building trying
to stave off some dragon
or other
some tide of people or water
they’re generating
so much that my nose blocks trying
to keep it out and my eyes flood trying
to wash it away and when I look at the moon

she’s only halfway down
her setting arc but already
she’s orange and dull

for a moment I think
her face is a lovely
fireside colour
but then I remember

she’s the moon!
the silvery moon!
the pale goddess moon!

and right now
she’s not
a goddess

she’s a woman

looking down at her feet
as she goes out of sight
at the end of her day

her face all oranged
with the dust of men

Winner of the 2014 Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards presented by the Society of Women Writers WA

Related poem way more special

Hear Jackson in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth soon

Melbourne: Thursday 26 June, 7pm, at House of Bricks, 40 Budd Street, Collingwood

Sydney: Tuesday 1 July, 7:30pm, at Word in Hand, Friend in Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe

Perth: Saturday 26 July, 2-4pm, Perth Poetry Club, at The Moon cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge.

I’m also reading at OOTA’s ‘Poetry Bites’ members lunch at Fremantle Arts Centre on 1 August.

quite a thing

To stay warm, I burn
living and fossil wood,
dry leaves and sticks of dung
I smoke my lungs to black lace

For eons cool Earth
has tried to chill me out
as I sit at the firepit
in my charcoal clothes

If I asked, she’d let me
be the wheel in her water,
the panel in her sunshine,
the turbine in her wind

But a woman who doesn’t smoke
is missing something, and I
have quite a thing
for fire

(From lemon oil)

At Diamond Creek

Only this, the blue whisper of the leaves
and strips of pale bark
hanging high by the creekbed,
quiet, decorative, inconsequential, only

this, the black flower that blossoms
in the chest of a woman
until she can no longer breathe,
until her voice becomes

silently strangely sneakily
slowly this, the blue whisper of the leaves
and strips of pale bark
hanging high by the creekbed,

quiet, decorative, inconsequential,
awaiting the next storm of flames.

(From lemon oil)

spacesuit

The moon is a piece of rock in the sky.

One watches through the locked glass,
not waving,
as the other gets into a car and drives,
not tooting,
under the black sky,
under the moon that is blanked out by clouds,
that is a piece of rock in the sky,
that didn’t feel Armstrong and the other test pilots
brushing its surface,
taking some samples,
then leaving,
maybe forever.

The moon is not a place to stay:
it’s a place to visit,
and you’d better have your spacesuit on
or the lack of pressure and air
will kill you.

But go.
I recommend it.

It’s breathtaking there
under the black sky
on the untrodden moon.

Jackson poeming on radio next Thu 5 June, and in other places

I’m back in Western Australia and will be reading and talking poetry on Joondalup local radio Twin Cities FM next Thursday 5 June 2014 from 12:30pm to 1pm. Tune in to 89.7fm or listen online at 897fm.com.au. Thanks to Peter Cowan Writers Centre for getting their members on radio.

Advance news: I’m a featured poet at Perth Poetry Club on 26 July. Perth Poetry Club happens weekly on Saturdays, 2-4pm at The Moon cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge.

I’m also poeming at OOTA’s ‘Poetry Bites’ members lunch at Fremantle Arts Centre on 1 August.

Jackson poeming in Yorkshire 29 April

It isn’t a poetry tour! Nevertheless, thanks to Anthony Costello, I have a gig at Kava Cafe, Todmorden, Yorkshire, on the evening of Tuesday 29 April 2014.

Watch this space in case any more reading/performance opportunities come my way.

I’ll be in England, Scotland and nearby parts from 24 April to 23 May and may pop up at an open mike near you. On the other hand, I may be too busy looking at things, seeing friends and relatives, and writing.

This is not my gig

A 24-page zine containing 22 peculiar poems. (First published 2014 by the author; ISBN 978-0-9870809-3-6.)

Number of zines

Prices include postage. Zines are available more cheaply from me in person.

Please contact me for more info or to arrange another way to pay.

The right metaphor

‘The right metaphor’ cd cover ‘The right metaphor’ back cover

This is my first poetry album, recorded in 2013 on the analogue desk at Fat Shan Studios, Perth, Western Australia. We recorded 14 poems. I accompany three of them with my original music on guitar, piano, bass and keyboard.


$25 (Australian) including postage.

CDs are available more cheaply from me in person. Please contact me for more information or to arrange another way to pay.

Listen or download free at SoundCloud

In the dream, he tells me he doesn’t need a condom

In the dream, he tells me
he doesn’t need a condom
because

he has his book. In the dream, we’ve both
read it. Condoms are a manifestation
of Capitalism. A Bad Thing. Probably

made by Monsanto. We don’t
need them. We can use our minds
to divert the sperm. In the dream

I know it works, if done
correctly, wholeheartedly,
together. We have to trust.

I can’t.
I can’t.
I can’t. Yet

in the dream, we don’t
have a condom
to our name.