Author photo by Maëva Bontempi
Ebbs & Floods
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Ebbs & Floods was written in a small surfing town on the west coast of Ireland; in a Paris basement in spring; in the depths of Brussels nights; and in Aotearoa, always close to the sea. Jane Paul’s debut collection of poems follow her through the waves of being in her late twenties.
These poems are a warm blue evening; the smell of rain; a driftwood fire burning on the shore. They are the pull of waves and the shattering of glass. They are a moment standing in moonlight; cold stone under your feet; rain hitting bare skin; face lifted to the sky. They are a room full of lovers and an empty house with the lights left on. They are grounded, like pushing your hands into earth.
“The first release from Briana Jamieson’s new Mineral Press is a fall of gentle rain, with Jane Paul’s Ebbs & Floods burning driftwood and pallets on Irish beaches, where I became possesed of a sudden desire to go fry a swan on the campfire (‘He tells me the Queen / owns all the swans in Ireland. / To eat one is a crime.’)”
— Rebecca Hawkes, author of Meat Lovers
Jane Paul is an Aotearoa New Zealand poet, actress and teacher, of Irish descent. She was born in 1993 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Ebbs & Floods is her first book.
Published 18 October 2022 by Mineral
Softcover, 190 pages
33 poems, 3 colour photograph spreads
140 x 210mm
Printed on recycled paper and FSC certified paper from managed sustainable forests
Printed in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand