Two Reviews of Skin

You can find two responses to my latest collection of poems, Skin (Longbarrow Press, 2015) in the on-line journal Sabotage and the Winter 2015/16 print edition of The North.  Ed Ferrari produced a ‘podcast’ review of my book back in August. His ten minute consideration of Skin can be found here.  I like the way an audio response allows the reviewer the space and time to read whole poems out and comment on them at length.  The second review was written by Pam Thompson for the latest edition of The North (no. 55).  Information about the contents of the latest North and how you can get hold of the magazine can be found here.  One little snippet from Pam’s consideration of my poems: ‘This substantial collection showcases Jones’s range and talent admirably. It reminded me of why I fell in love with poetry, and kept the faith.’

My new poetry collection: Skin

I am very pleased to announce that my latest collection of poems – Skin – will be published
by Longbarrow Press on June 5th.  The book covers almost a decade’s worth of writing, with five main sequences or long poems set alongside poetry inspired by collaborations and commissions.  My work over this period returns again and again to the texture, the look and feel of skin. Here I write about my children growing up, the painted flesh of Pre-Reformation wall art, and the pale skin of prisoners.  I write about the skins of figs, the hide of animals, skin cells, diseased skin. I touch on, in this work, the skin we live in.

You can find more information about the book here – on the Skin microsite set up by Longbarrow Press. It includes information about the book, and directs you to audio recordings, films and printed material.

Longbarrow Press has a fantastic website which is worth exploring if you haven’t already visited its pages. Press here to go to the Longbarrow site.


Mark Goodwin’s new collection Steps

Mark Goodwin’s new collection of poems Steps is now available from Longbarrow Press.  For information about the book and how to order it from the publisher go here.  You can also hear a recording of Mark reading the poem ‘Steps’ if you scroll down the home page of the Longbarrow website here.  There are also links to reviews, interviews and other articles associated with Mark’s artistic practice. Worth reading and listening to!