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.


Jane's follow-up collection (2013)




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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