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Teach Yourself Mapmaking

Authors: Jane Routh

Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)

ISBN: 9781902382807

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Poetry Book Society Recommendation
Second collection from a prize-winning poet

Published September 2006.

Maps and charts are a recurrent motif in Jane Routh’s new collection with its implicit journey from unknown waters to the intimate landscape of home. Haunted by their own histories, islands, fells and fens shape the way they are lived in by ancestors (both real and adopted), boatbuilders, farmers, fruit growers and the odd saint. Characteristically musical, fresh and vivid, Jane Routh’s poems are themselves a different kind of mapmaking – a deeper way of making sense of the world we’re passing through.

Jane Routh manages woodlands and a flock of geese in North Lancashire. She is a professional photographer.

This is Jane Routh’s second collection.
Circumnavigation (Smith/Doorstop, 2002) won the
Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition,
and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection
Prize. It was also selected for the Random Acts
of Poetry project (where books were randomly
donated to unsuspecting members of the public).

From reviews of Circumnavigation:
This is the assured, original voice of a poet who
can give her poems a charge of energy by taking
risks with language.’
Elizabeth Burns

‘Her poems build people into landscapes and
difficult emotions into people.’

‘The great pleasure of Routh’s writing is that her
sensibilities are as specific as her environment.’

Vic Allen

‘Here landscape has the clean starkness of Anglo
Saxon poetry where humans have yet fully to
imprint their presence.’
Joe Sheerin,
Poetry London
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