Let’s ring in the new year with some celebration! Jenny Blackford (‘The Hair in the Bag’, Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017) is the winner of The 2017 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry! Her poem, ‘The Crack’, examines the heartbreaking result of a decision made out of fear, and can be read here.
Jenny Blackford is a poet and author based in Newcastle, Australia. Her poems have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Star*Line and Rhysling, as well as various anthologies and venerable literary journals. Pamela Sargent called her subversively feminist historical novella set in ancient Greece, The Priestess and the Slave, “elegant.” Pitt Street Poetry published an illustrated pamphlet of her cat poems, The Duties of a Cat, in 2013, and her first full-length poetry collection, The Loyalty of Chickens, in 2017.
For your delight, here is a poem by Jenny, originally published last summer at Strange Horizons.
by Jenny Blackford
Slow, even, quiet breaths.
He never snored.
I’d caught the perfect man
against all odds. How my friends
had scrambled for the ritual bouquet!
Hunting his warm sleeping hand to hold,
I grasped instead a heavy paw.
One furred toe wore the wedding band
I gave him. Tips of sheathed claws
pricked at my skin.
Deep in his throat,
For more poetry from Jenny Blackford pick up Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017, where you’ll find the moving poem ‘The Hair in the Bag’.