written by Jessica Mookherjee
Shortlisted for the Ledbury Munthe Poetry Prize for Best Second Collection
(Nine Arches Press)
“Fierce, often funny and always charged”
Poems from Tigress
Four thousand and seventy four friends
on Facebook, pout-perfect teenager,
stares at me through a silicone laptop.
Just before her bud-burst, she sent me
a Friend Request, status update,
she dreamt a bear ate her last night.
Poor Callisto, running to forest-mother,
don’t talk to strangers until you get there.
In her dream, she lived in a house of glass,
in the woods, seen by bears, seen by wolves.
My urge to reply, fleshed with memories
of the shock of being so new, so ripe.
I typed: love sometimes eats us up.
We are all animals in moonlight.
Callisto, LOL, smiley face, heart,
don’t go into the woods to be torn apart.
Outside he watches her, clicks on her posts,
likes her pictures of new hairstyles, picnics
and drinks with friends. A gust of hot breath
on glass, broken screen. Bite marks.
Ursa Minor was first published in The Journal and Highly Commended in the 2017/8 Forward Prize for best single poem. Ursa Minor also appears in the Bloodaxe Anthology: Staying Human (2021).
“With overarching themes of migration, otherness, sexual awakening, maternal mental illness, the impact of catastrophe, of loss and being lost, Flood is a debut collection from a genuine virtuoso with a powerful original voice.”
New Pamphlet of Poetry: Play Lists (Broken Sleep Books) 2021
“Jessica Mookherjee’s Play Lists is a collection of poetry dripping with nostalgia for a time when love was a name on a pencil case, rock and roll meant everything and the world seemed so much wider. “