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Victorian Premier’s Poetry Prize for 2015

Jill Jones wins┬áVictorian Premier’s Poetry Prize for 2015

On commenting on The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann), the judge’s report states:

“The Beautiful Anxiety reveals Jill Jones as a leading contemporary stylist who has disciplined her lyric into a rigorous and highly economical poetry of description and response. Her syntax makes tensile use of line and turn and is pared back almost haiku-like in perception and suggestion; to read these poems is like being inside them as they speak unexpected and sometimes fugitive insights of life both intimate and public. There is almost no attention-seeking or ornamental rhetoric in this work, yet it remains distinctly personal and a growing elegiac undertone provides compassion, irony and a self-deprecating resignation.”

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