Jenny Blackford The Duties of a Cat
These poems celebrate the essential nature of the cat, friend and alien, following in a long and proud tradition of feline verse from a distinguished lineage of poets.
Pitt Street Poetry’s poetry pamphlet series commenced in May 2012 with the publication of Etruscan Miniatures by London-based poet Tim Cumming. The international success of that work, illustrated with watercolours by the poet, led us to search for additional titles.
The result is The Duties of a Cat – twelve poems by Novocastrian Jenny Blackford, best known for her young adult and fantasy works, but also a regular contributor of poetry to journals such as Quadrant, Westerly and The Pedestal Magazine.
These poems celebrate the essential nature of the cat, friend and alien, following in a long and proud tradition of feline verse from a distinguished lineage of poets:
We who have known loneliness
sigh for the beast. The addled creature lurks,
dark-scraggled, out of our cajoling reach.
Printed on thick creamy paper and encased in a cellophane wrapper, these attractive pamphlets will make an ideal Christmas gift, to post through the mail or leave under the tree near the cat’s basket.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny Blackford won the medal in Classics at the University of Newcastle, branching to a career in computer networking in Melbourne. These days she is back in Newcastle and writing full time. Her short stories are published widely: by Random House, Cosmos magazine and in anthologies such as HarperCollins Dreaming Again.
An historical novel The Priestess and the Slave (Hadley Rille Books) appeared in 2009. Her poems are in Westerly, The Pedestal Magazine, Midnight Echo, Star*Line, Eternal Haunted Summer, Dreams and Nightmares, Strange Horizons, Quadrant and Dolly.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Robson is a Sydney-based artist who has previously partnered with Kevin Hart in a Red Room Company sponsored poetry event at St James Church in Sydney. His drawings offer a playful response to the poems, dabbing and teasing at their meanings with a delicacy of line and a wicked imagination.