Jackself

Jackself Jackself is the fourth collection from one of Britain s finest poets and sees Jacob Polley at the height of his powers In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade Jackse
  • Title: Jackself
  • Author: Jacob Polley
  • ISBN: 9781447290452
  • Page: 175
  • Format: ebook
  • Jackself
    Jackself is the fourth collection from one of Britain s finest poets, and sees Jacob Polley at the height of his powers In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of fictionalized autobiography through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many Jacks of our folktale, legend, phrase and fableJackself is the fourth collection from one of Britain s finest poets, and sees Jacob Polley at the height of his powers In one of the most original books of poetry to appear in the last decade, Jackself spins a kind of fictionalized autobiography through nursery rhymes, riddles and cautionary tales, and through the many Jacks of our folktale, legend, phrase and fable everyman Jacks and no one Jacks, Jackdaw, Jack O Lantern, Jack Sprat, Cheapjack and Jack Frost At once playful and terrifying, lyric and narratively compelling, Jackself is an unforgettable exploration of an innocence and childhood lost in the darker corners of Reiver country and of English folklore, and once shows Polley as one of the most remarkable imaginations at work in poetry today.
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    About " Jacob Polley "

  • Jacob Polley

    Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle, Cumbria He is the author of three acclaimed books of poems, The Brink 2003 , Little Gods 2006 and The Havocs 2012 , all published by Picador, UK He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize.In 2011, he was Arts Queensland s poet in residence, and he was Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, 2005 7 He has also held residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and at the Wordsworth Trust.In 2004, he was named one of the Next Generation of the twenty best new poets in Britain His first novel, Talk of the Town, a fiercely demotic and funny coming of age murder mystery, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award He teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Fife, Scotland.

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  • Have read Jacob Polley s Jackself from cover to cover I tried twice to put it down, but just couldn t resist going back to it.It speaks in a living, vital, urgent language spiced with the ordinary made unique.It moved me to tears, to laughter, and to writing than I have written for months.


  • Poems are space particles separated, dissipated and randomly reformed, no longer needed are origin poetswho are burnt through during atmospheric reentryJacob Polley doesn t exist.


  • I can t remember the last time I read a poetry book that felt as fresh as this it felt as if I was reading something genuinely different The fact that there was something of a sinister undercurrent to the whole sequence was interesting and I liked the way it was rooted in Cumbria I spent some of my childhood living there and it seemed to take something essential from the place not that I can really explain what that something is One for multiple readings it was all I could do not to start again [...]


  • What an exceptional book this is I am certain to return to it again and again So many poems already stand out for their marvellous music, and their unearthings of archetypal angsts almost beyond the scope of words This work, with its rootednesss in folk histories, and its tragicomic take on the passage of the individual from childhood to adult, is truly extraordinary It s wonderful that it won the T.S Eliot Prize A fantastic conjuring of congeries Read it, savour it, be disturbed, be amused, and [...]


  • Jackself, is set within Reiver, a rural landscape, reminiscent of the author s own childhood home of Cumbria in the north of England In the first poem The House that Jack Built, Polley describes an English rural landscape as it evolves, throughout time It is a pastoral landscape that most readers, especially those of British Western origin, will recognise Jackself, the protagonist is a boy strongly based on a number of fairy tale character s called Jack an everyman everyboy He is the loveable ro [...]



  • Oh my god I put off reading this as I thought for some reason that I wouldn t like it It is outstanding and weird and disturbing and fresh and wow I couldn t put it down.


  • I think I have a new favourite poet And not a woman for once What this made me think of most was Posy Simmonds Tamara Drewe the graphic novel not the movie.



  • Jackself is an intense, opaque, difficult and emotionally dark poetic narrative written in short, angry poems, seemingly random in structure and form It is initially very hard to get into Polley s flow and his mind One makes associations of fairy tales to the names and titles, but the reality behind the words is much earthly and mundane Jackself, the protagonist of these poems, emerges as a boy growing up in rural England, engaged in ordinary escapades and encounters with the nature that surrou [...]


  • like citrus in winterI had to keep putting the book down Is that a weird thing to say Does anyone else do that Again and again, I would come across a phrase or an image, that was so arresting and intense that, like sharp grapefruit, I was compelled to stop and savour before reading on Jacob himself talks of a glimpse of something in The Guardian s series My Writing Day and it is these glimpses that the judges of the TS Eliot Prize hint at when they describe the collection as a firework of a book [...]



  • With thanks to Newbooks magazine Nudge for the review copy Jacob Polley s Jackself is an interesting poetry collection which weaves different Jacks into it including Jack Frost, jackdaws and Spring Heeled Jack, whilst also telling the story of Jackself and Lamanby his home There are also references to nursery rhymes and folklore, and an underlying hint of menace and darkness that mixes with the countryside setting, which I particularly enjoyed.My personal favourites from this collection are Jack [...]


  • I m not sure I understand the subject matter of this collection of interconnected poems Is it grief Growing up Myth A sense of place This doesn t matter, though the questions raised encouraged me to read and reread these remarkable poems They are fresh, vivid, imaginative, and the language is so new, and so raw I love all the Hopkins connections too.



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