Journey to the Sleeping Whale

Journey to the Sleeping Whale

by Jane Robinson


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Poems from this debut collection have won the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Award; were second for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award; and have been commended for a variety of awards including the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and the Pacuare Poetry Competition. Informed by a PhD in Biological Science from the California Institute of Technology, much of her writing would now be described as ecopoetry. Jane Robinson grew up in Ireland and has worked in the USA and India. She lives in Dublin

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912561377
Publisher: Salmon Poetry
Publication date: 01/04/2019
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Small Crustaceans 11

At Sea 12

On the Corner of Every Map is a Compass 13

Meteorological Upset 14

The Elusive 15

Baglady 16

She wants to be a scholar 17

Lawn Care etc. 18

Mona Lisa 19

Muse Imperfected 20

Adjustments may Lead to Disaster 21

Smog City Rhapsody 22

Student 24

The Nights are Long Now 26

Radium Mother, 1903 27

And This Madness 28

Postcard 29

Multiple Exposures 30

Martha Maxwell, Mother of Taxidermy 31

Materials Required 32

Memories of Flight at the Life Museum (i-xv) 33

Conservation Status, Vulnerable 41

Under Sail 42


Rana Temporaries is Ireland's Only Frog 45

i Inside - Outside

ii Origami Frog

iii Infinity = Tadpole

Those who were Seen Dancing 48

Song of the Paper Nest 50

Ex-Libris 51

Elegy for a Meadow 53

Why do we do this? 54

Peace Treaty 55

At the Seaside 56

Beast of the Sea 57

All the lemons we have eaten 58

Sketch Map of a Temporary Wilderness 59

When Building a Tower 60

A Game of Fidchell 61

First Long Journey 62

Lament for an Extinct Species (i-iv) 63

The Empty Spaces 67

Painting the Bedroom 68

At the Stop Sign 69

Lines for a Rescue 72

On Waking 73

Secondhand Smoke 74

Whalebone and Silk 76

Single-handed 77

Running Repairs 78

Unfamiliar Territory 79

After 10 80

Picture us again 81

Notes 82

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