Welcome to the website of Jill Jones
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Photo: Annette Willis 2007
A little bit about my work
My poems reflect places which are mainly urban and strewn with
emblems and texts, accidental or deliberate.
I'm interested in relationships between states and locales, shifting borders, the openings in closures, pleasures of exploration, the great themes, like the weather. Walking is important, slow mobility across terrain, the temporal process.
I’m working somewhere between the lyric and something more broader, more discursive, so I move from either investigations of interiority or sensuality merged with the figurative which may also speak to larger structures. The poems have become a broken song – fragmented, flagrant, floating - perhaps an abstract or ruined lyric, where ‘I’ has shifted from the centre.
The way I work has evolved from a continuing interest in
pattern and transience, of jumping in the midst of the flow, experience
in language underway, asking questions about how the pieces
fit as shards alter meanings.
While not getting hung up on ‘the image’ as such, I’ve always worked visually. I’m not interested in telling images what to do but rather a process of seeing.
The soundings of a poem are also important to me, as is the way the line works. I prefer more linguistic play in the line emphasising both connectedness and parataxis, the flexing of thought/meditation and critique, including self-critique.
Where the Sea Burns