Published by Cinnamon Press
Jean Harrison is a poet ‘sitting and watching’, taking in the details of her terrain ‘as a hunter might, or a surveyor’, mapping it with unerring precision. She is a poet who can merge into the background, as though ‘half-asleep’, yet ‘alert the moment a mouse scratches’; a poet who senses the smallest of disturbances and who ‘seems to know something most of us don’t, but what?’ Terrain is a collection bursting with incisive wit and deft tenderness.
“Jean Harrison is haunted by the past and by the natural world, which weaves through these poems like rivers, roots, wind – illuminating, questioning, processing... Even when she writes of sadness and tragedy she is always borne up by an underlying sense of hope and resurrection.”
Janet Fisher on Junction Road
Jean Harrison’s poem ‘Woman on the Moon’ was shortlisted for the 2004 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her first collection, Junction Road, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2009, and she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2011. She is a retired schoolteacher, and lives in Settle.