“Jacqui Rowe’s Blink shares extraordinary visions of personhood and place, giving voice to the many voiceless figures in her finely tuned ekphrasis and emotive allegorical poems inspired by the likes of Apollinaire, Verlaine, and Lorca. Combined with plaintive elegies for both loved ones and her heartland, this is syntactically refreshing poetry that serves to move and inspire.” Robert Harper
“Sometimes a poetry collection won’t let you put it down. This is one such collection. In Blink, Jacqui Rowe has transcended the mere act of description, lifting the poems from the page with a lyrical palette knife, painting each scene with an intelligent, witty and moving style. This is how to write poetry. I will return to these poems again and again.” Wendy Pratt
Blink is very very vibrant and mercurial.
A sample poem from the collection may be enjoyed below.
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"Blink showcases Jacqui's range, both emotionally and culturally, from occasional poems and ekphrasis to responses to Apollinaire and Verlaine; all held together by a characteristic clear-sightedness. Drawing as it does from Jacqui's previous publications, her first 'proper' collection is arguably a 'New and Selected', but it still feels remarkably cohesive."
David Clarke, A Thing for Poetry, full article and listings here.
Life in a Day
Our day was daffodils. I opened my eyes
in equinoctial dawn, shaped by winds
and cloud, saw buds crack
that would be fruit for our descendants.
No gloom until an evening star
told me I was ageing.
Night born, sun
starved, he was forged
in darkness, swaddled himself
in blindness to sleep, sometimes woke
frozen in memories of the sickle moon.
Yellow afternoon we met and wed,
he showed me chronicles of the asparagus
years, epochs of oysters, powdery
engravings of ancient snow
and something he called roses.