By Jo Dixon

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-71-6

Number of pages: 66

Poetry, English, Paperback, 135x210mm


Jo Dixon is a poet, critic and academic living in Nottingham. She was born in Stepney and spent her childhood in Colchester. Her poems appear in a range of publications, including New Walk, The Interpreter’s House, Furies (For Books’ Sake), In Transit (The Emma Press, 2018) and South Bank Poetry. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Woman in the Queue, was published by Melos Press in 2016. An article on the poetry of Alice Oswald can be found at C21: Journal of 21st Century Writings. Her poem ‘Skegness Wake’ is included in Poems of Place: Mapping the Nation in Verse, edited by Andrew McRae and introduced by Paul Farley (London: Oneworld Publications, forthcoming Autumn 2020).

Jo reads her poetry across the East Midlands and in 2018 she visited Estonia to read at the Crazy Tartu Festival. She has worked on community poetry projects with Bilborough Sixth Form College, Nottingham Contemporary, St. Ann’s Allotments and UNESCO Cities of Literature in Poland, Estonia, Ireland and the UK. Her most recent commission is a poem written for the 50th anniversary of the twinning of Nottingham (UK) and Karlshruhe (Germany). Currently, she works as a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Description of the collection

Purl is Jo Dixon’s first full poetry collection. The collection comprises poems of family and memory, and land, sea and air, to explore some of the meanings of ‘purl’*. In particular, the collection considers these meanings in relation to the unsettling crossing of boundaries, uncertain moments of transformation and a rediscovery of the familiar in the world around us.

*(n) a thread or cord made of twisted loops used for bordering and embroidering; edging made from this; (v) of water, to flow with a swirling motion and a murmuring sound, to gurgle; of breath or smoke, to be emitted in a swirling stream, to eddy, also of music and the voice, to murmur; (v) to turn upside down, overturn, capsize, to pitch or tumble head over heels.

Praise for A Woman in the Queue (London: Melos, 2016):

‘Jo Dixon’s […] fine pamphlet comprises enigmatic narratives.’ She ‘manages the difficult trick of so getting inside the perspective of the narrator that we see them looking out.’ ― Ian Pople, The Manchester Review

‘[H]ere are a dozen well-crafted, satisfying poems which, coolly observant, quietly concern themselves with big and complex themes of life and death […]. [H]er authoritative voice, beaten out in sometimes uncomfortably closely-observed details, has an authenticity which is both convincing and moving […]. Dixon’s attention to the telling detail is matched by the way musicality can play against the content to achieve a disquieting effect.’ ― Kathy Pimlott, The North