My most recent full-length collection is Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold (2017) – portrait poems of other people with Marfan Syndrome, through Hunter Publishers.
“Andy Jackson is such an important poet writing about a topic so deeply important to me: the othered body. I think this is his best book to date… Beauty, imagination, understanding, empathy, recognition – this book is a perfect example of what poetry can do and what poetry is.” – Heather Taylor Johnson
“It is Jackson’s refusal of reductive sentimentality and cliché when representing his subjects that imbues the volume with power. The dialect in which the subjects speak, their rhetorical inclusions and exclusions, and the attendant typographical experiments all indicate the integrity and ingenuity of the project. Jackson’s curation of disparate voices creates sometimes ironic, sometimes poignant portraits of a broad historical and cultural spectrum of individuals, from pharaohs to teens on MSN. Each poem expresses pathos without pity, where unexpected humour collides with trauma… It is alchemy, this melding of words and worlds, this colliding of systems of language. Medical, vernacular, medico-vernacular, at times mundane and at others, celestial, its expert polyphony makes Music our Bodies Can’t Hold extraordinary. ” – Ruth McIver, Cordite Poetry Review
“One of the beauties of Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold is its wide range of appeal. One need not have been immersed in poetics or disability studies to find the book rewarding. It should also fascinate those with an interest in history or simply in other people… This book definitely belongs in the ‘must read’ column.” – Michael Northen, Wordgathering (and co-editor of “Beauty is a Verb“)
In 2017, ten poets were invited to respond to each of ten abstractions – Conjecture, Obligation, Nonsense, Space, Pleasure, Identity, Rhythm, Accuracy, Cost, and Youth. This provocative, diverse and engaging anthology features poems by Vahni Capildeo, Andy Jackson, Melinda Smith, John Foulcher, Katharine Coles, Paul Hetherington, Monica Carroll, Shane Strange, Jen Webb, and Paul Munden. Purchase from Recent Work Press.
Back to my own publications, there is also a short (and beautiful) chapbook of poems, That knocking, published by Little Windows Press in 2016.
In 2015, I released a collection of poems and ghazals on India and medical tourism, called Immune Systems, through Transit Lounge.
2014 saw the publication of the thin bridge, out through Whitmore Press – it won their annual manuscript prize.
My first full-length, published collection was Among the regulars (2010, papertiger media), which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry.
Both these books are sold out.
Showreel for Each Map of Scars, theatre performance by Rachael Wenona Guy and Leonie Van Eyk.
POEMS and MORE
- Various poems and reviews at Cordite Poetry Review
- Three poems from “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” at Rochford Street Review.
- Reviews of recent books of mine at Cordite Poetry Review (The thin bridge, Immune Systems and That knocking)
- Interview by Jenny O’Keefe for her splendid podcast Fully Sick.
- Video interview as part of Melbourne Immigration Museum’s exhibition Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours
- A poem (in print and as a recording) in Deaf Poets Society‘s first issue
- Two poems from ‘Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold’ ([auto]biographical Marfan poems) in foam:e
- Interview and a poem in Verity La
- A recording of my poem “Quasimodo” on Radio National’s Poetica, National Poetry Week 2011.
- A review of Among the Regulars in Mascara Literary Review
- Three poems at Mascara Literary Journal
- Ghazals on The Ghazal Page (with editorial comment)
- a poem with some related thoughts of mine in Poemeleon (Gender Issue, from 8 years ago now…)
- … and on paper in The Age, Best Australian Poems, Heat, Southerly, Westerly, Unusual Work, Australian Poetry Journal, Going Down Swinging, Meanjin, Blue Dog, Famous Reporter, Island, Harvest, Stop Drop & Roll, Page Seventeen, Pendulum, Visible Ink, LiNQ, Space New Writing, Salt-Lick, Verandah, Medical Journal of Australia, Foglifter, Tamba, The Mozzie…