Anna Jacobson is an award-winning writer and artist from Brisbane. Her most recent collection, Anxious in a Sweet Store, was published by Upswell earlier this year. Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019), her first full-length poetry collection, won the 2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Her memoir How to Knit a Human is forthcoming with NewSouth Publishing in 2024. She was the recipient of the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing. Her website is www.annajacobson.com.au
Before I forget again
Poetry I am a ceramic horse in kintsugi fields. Shards shred my tongue to gold rivers. Cracked and crazed – from fire gallops beast. Memory slips lapis lazuli. I break curses, gather spells. Nudge fresh letters in water troughs – watch words bob – shiny new apples to crunch.
PoetryNana B and Zeide once ice-skated on a lake in the Carpathian Mountains in Poland. ‘I was made for Poland,’ says Mum, as Brisbane roils with heat. But we are not headed for my great-grandparents’ homeland; we are journeying to Geelong. ‘Mother-daughter trips are good...
Ingredients for preservation
PoetryWear calico dress with Blueboard shoes, Corflute wings, Mylar glasses, dangling Ethafoam earrings. Create houses for each object. Know what is inside without a reference image. Bundle up rust from your great-great-uncle’s chandelier, each bulb, the light itself. Take care with the light, it has a habit of sneaking out again....