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Break all the rules but not all at once.
Remember you are just visiting. Try not to get too attached. When you're ready, come home. I've left a light burning in the ruins.

In her latest volume, Jane Williams, winner of the Anne Elder Award and the D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship, continues to test the boundaries of what poetry can be rather than what many people assume it is. This is a collection with urban grit. It will speak to you in themes as intimate as next door, or as abstract as the next galaxy. You won't be able to put it down.

Jane Williams

Jane Williams was born in England 1964 and grew up in Victoria. Her poetry first started appearing in the early 1990's and has since been published widely nationally and internationally.

City of Possibilities is her fourth poetry collection. Her first book Outside Temple Boundaries received the Anne Elder Award in 1998. Other awards include the D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship, the Bruce Dawe Poetry prize, writer residencies and grants from state and federal arts bodies.

She has been a featured reader at several festivals including twice at the Queensland Poetry Festival. In recent years she has developed an interest in contemporary haibun. She moved to Tasmania eight years ago with her two daughters.

  BuyIP City of Possibilities - Jane Williams

ISBN 9781921869105 (PB, 84pp)
140mm x 216mm

  AUD $25 USD $18 NZD $28 GBP £12 EUR €14
ISBN 9781921869105 (ePub)   AUD $12 USD $9 NZD $14 GBP £6 EUR €7

A new collection from Jane Williams is an event worth celebrating. Contemplation on the wonder of all lives is an ongoing theme in all her work, here deepened into meditations on the ambiguities of life, the sacredness as well as the profanity of individuals. Williams has a lightness of touch, evident in admirable turns of phrase and points of view that grant her characters credibility and dignity. Like her free verse forms, her haibun and villanelle poems are accomplished studies of acts and motives. The poems are rewarding for their deft presentation of the layers that we recognise as life's complexity and wholeness. Williams's fellow-feeling is wise and generous.

– Michael Sharkey


Hers is an important voice, a voice which chronicles, explores and celebrates the world we live in not only by what it says but more significantly by how it says it. She has a wonderful capacity for catching the precise, telling detail and presenting it in the perfect nuance of tone.

– Tim Thorne



Jane's follow-up collection (2013): Days Like These

Jane Williams' website





my daughters once touched me for love or luck or merely
to survive tiny fingers like thirsty roots forced to surface
tore at my clothes hair skin my optimistic frame of bone
all this to get to the heart of me revealing again and again
what it is to choose life I named every existing thing
between us we invented the rest when they come to me
now these grown women felled and fallen in ways I cannot
mend or pretend away I see their eyes have become stars
whole galaxies depend on for light and warmth even hope
yes that too perhaps that most of all still the question
remains how is it they have come to think of me as wise
when truly I am unable to tell them where we come from

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