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Poet Claudia Jessop

I love poetry books with intriguing titles, and I first came across the mysteriously titled This is the woman who when I placed an order with Cinnamon Press and asked the lovely editor there, Jan Fortune, to surprise me some books of her choice. This is the woman who was among those books and I instantly connected with it, thought it an accomplished and exciting collection. This is narrative poetry that really drew me in, I became lost in poem after poem, some with titles equally as mesmerising as the book’s title. For example Part of a Letter from Joe, in Which he Tried to Explain Things, now that is a title that simply makes you want to read more, and it doesn’t disappoint.  Claudia is a skilful and gifted poet and her poems are wonderfully layered and often very moving. Go buy the book… and while you are doing so buy Claudia’s second book Looking For, again a mysteriously titled collection of beautiful poems. There are poems in both collections that refer to love, loss and family, yet they are unique poems because they constantly surprise, they weave with both strength and vulnerability that makes me return to them again and again.

Here is a tiny snippet from the poem Looking for

Unaltered voices say

It’s all allright –

the pictures, the buses, the rain.

Like the rushes of an unmade film;

A concentration of impulses

running to colour

and blurred sound.

But nothing contains

what people whose people have gone

are looking for.