Notes from a Shipwreck

Notes from a Shipwreck  

Jessica Mookherjee

ISBN: 9781913437480

eISBN: 9781913437497

Price: £10.99

Publication date: 18th August 2022

Format: Paperback

Extent: 72pp

DCF: Poetry Collections

Cover art by Jason deCaires Taylor


Notes from a Shipwreck, the third collection of poems from Ledbury Munthe shortlisted poet Jessica Mookherjee, is a richly-detailed and illuminating book of poems of dislocation, voyage and transformation.


Praise for Notes from a Shipwreck:

“‘We were first born in the jetsam of burning ships.’ Freighted with loss, the vessels of Jessica Mookherjee’s questing third collection navigate complex oceans within the self. Here are islands of memory where fantastical transformations take place, where brown feathers sprout from skin, cutlery gossips and a body is ‘made of icebergs and disaster’. Then, amid the strings of gorgeous imagery, a small detail expertly snags the reader’s heart and won’t let go. Vigorous and magical as a flask of crisp salt wind.” - John McCullough

Notes from a Shipwreck is a miraculous and – I think - important collection of poems, written with inventiveness and extraordinary phrasing. Each poem is a magic box of language: surprising, transforming, and always wonderfully disquieting.”  - David Morley 


Jessica Mookherjee lives in Kent. Her work appears in many journals including Agenda, Poetry Wales, The North, Rialto, Under the Radar, Birmingham Literary Review and in various anthologies including Bloodaxe’s Staying Human. She was highly commended in the 2017 and 2021 Forward Prize for best single poem. She is author of two full collections, Flood (Cultured Llama, 2018) and Her second full collection, Tigress, ( Nine Arches Press 2019) was shortlisted for the Ledbury Munthe Prize for Best Second Collection in 2021. She is a joint editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press.


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