Anna Jackson is a New Zealand poet who grew up in Auckland and now lives in Island Bay, Wellington. Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems collects up poems from seven previous collections, and includes twenty-five new poems written in the last few years. It includes many poems from Catullus for Children and I, Clodia, the two collections that engage with the work of Catullus, as well as readings of Sappho and Horace, and poems about badminton, billiards, salty hair, takahe, head lice, indexing, proof-reading, hens, truth and beauty.
Pasture and Flock was launched at the Wellington Readers and Writers Festival on 11 March and is now in bookshops.
Readings and events in August and September include “Pasture and Flock,” Writers on Mondays, 13 August, “Poetry Under Pressure,” VicBooks, 24 August; Poets to the People, Kāpiti, Sunday 29 August; one of Carole Beu’s wonderful Ladies Litera-teas, 2 September; "Words Fly From a Windy City," Going West, 15 September.
An interview with Paula Green about the book has been posted on Poetry Shelf.
A terrific review from Harry Ricketts on the National Radio can be heard here.
“The world was flammable, we knew it was."
Art work from Keely O'Shannessey's cover for Pasture and Flock.