written by Jessica Mookherjee
‘I was riveted from start to finish. Wow.’ Julia Webb– The Telling
‘This extraordinary book recalibrates the reader’s pulses through Mookherjee’s sheer brilliance in capturing what it means to return to people and place in writing.’ Yousif M Qasmiyeh– Writing the Camp
‘ A tour de force. Authentic, hungry, Mookherjee’s work captures what is essential and fleeting about London. Jemma Borg– Wilder
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Notes from a Shipwreck
“Vigorous and magical as a flask of crisp salt wind.” – John McCullough (Panic Response: Penned in the Margins)
Cover Art: Jason deCaires Taylor https://www.underwatersculpture.com
Here is a poem from the book:
The Act of Slipping
It is a smart move to dive with the right equipment.
I hear the stutter of reporters and photographers
that cold November morning when you waded up to your neck,
a blasted heart covered with a steel cylinder of diver’s gas.
It was freezing cold and drove so fast to catch the slack tide,
I still hear the sound of the mackerel.
I really miss you, I was there at the tideline,
shivering against a cold blast and that sound
of a motorbike backfiring against the hallowed, bright sky.
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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. “