Jacqueline Saphra

Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye, 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women (The Emma Press, 2014) won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions in 2017. In the same year All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize. Jacqueline's most recent play, The Noises, was produced at The Old Red Lion Theatre in 2019 and was a finalist in the Standing Ovation Awards. Her latest books are Dad, Remember You Are Dead (Nine Arches Press) and Veritas: Poems After Artemisia (Hercules Editions). Her next collection, One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets, will be out from Nine Arches Press in January 2020. Jacqueline teaches and mentors at The Poetry School.


Jacqueline  Saphra

Photo: Naomi Woddis


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Jacqueline Saphra on form and revolution (with BSL interpretation)

Thu 11 March | 16:00 - 17:00 | FREE | StAnza Online


Sonnet 88
18th June
“The singer of ‘We'll Meet Again’ who entertained troops in World War Two, has died” BBC News

The anthropologists will have their day,
history will come for us. We don't know what
we’re living through, we see only how high
the walls, how fake the news, how deep the rut.
We dizzy in our twisting narratives,
we try to find the light, our working heads
knock out a plot, we track and trace, our gifs
are all we've got and Vera Lynn is dead;
end of an era, myth of a common cause
and what’s the bloody point of art? Oh please!
Who else will tell the whip and wheeze? Our loss
must not be of imagination; the libraries
of the mind are open, the alchemy is strong,
the dark dream howls and shows its teeth. Bring it on.

Jacqueline Saphra

Forthcoming in One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets (Nine Arches Press, 2021)