House of the Tragic Poet

Happy days!

Available for pre-order now, my new pamphlet House of the Tragic Poet, published by Sam Riviere’s gorgeous If A Leaf Falls Press.

These poems came about because I watched a documentary about a house in Pompeii called, wonderfully, ‘The House of the Tragic Poet‘, and wrote a poem about that house.  Then that poem disappeared off my computer.  I tried everything I could to get it back but it was gone for good.  So I tried to rewrite it, and it wasn’t quite what I remembered the lost one being, so I wrote it again, and again… at one point there were about 30 poems, all with the same title, all pursuing something lost and making something new in the process.  The poems in this pamphlet are what remain.

It is a great honour to be working with Sam, whose editorial input has been invaluable.  Do check out all the amazing poets Sam has been working with, and if you like the look of the new books, get them fast – they sell out like hot cakes.

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By jlwpoetry

Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), After Economy (Shearsman, 2017) and Origin (Shearsman, 2022). Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for the opera Snow which debuted in London in 2017, was awarded a bursary to develop a new opera with composer Samantha Fernando at the Royal Opera House and was a librettist for the award-winning 2020 covid-response Episodes project by The Opera Story. Williams curates writing events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets. She is hopeful about the simple and mysterious power of poetry that allows us to know ourselves, each other and the world more deeply.

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