A Selection Limericked By Jan Owen
120mmx165mm, paperback, 74pp
Jan Owen is a South Australian writer and translator who lives near the beach south of Adelaide in kangaroo and echidna country. She has worked as a librarian, editor and teacher, and has published seven books of verse, including Poems 1980–2008. A New and Selected, The Offhand Angel, was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2015, and a volume of her translations from Baudelaire, Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du Mal was published in the same year by Arc Publications. She has held residencies in Paris, Venice, and Rome, and has won a number of awards including the Wesley Michel Wright Prize, the Gwen Harwood Prize, and the 2016 Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. At present she is working on a manuscript of poems based on Japanese wood-block prints.
“Jan Owen is a traveller who brings news of places where the maps have failed, and her precisely-imaged and cogently-thought poems create breathing space for us all.” – Angela Rockel
“One of the most accomplished Australian poets of her generation” – Geoff Page
“This is rapturous poetry; it conjures up the physical world in all its colour and strangeness, and imagines that world in a metaphysical realm of time and memory.” – Lisa Gorton
“Jan Owen’s translations may be ranked, I believe, with the best. She has done a great service not only for Baudelaire but also for the art of translation per se.” – Brian Nelson