The Swell

The Swell by Jess Mookherjee


The Swell is a short collection of poems about growing up and away between two shores, two cultures; between the pull of tides, of home, a mother pregnant yet again, and school; between the cultural forces and other-cultures of Bangladesh and Swansea. These are poems of the female body: the dolls in a glass case are yet more children; an old plank door has ‘dark nipples’; ‘Red’ is sexual, lipstick, a silk skirt, menstrual blood. Bold, fiery, truthful, they tell an original story with power.’
Gillian Clarke
‘In The Swell, Jessica Mookherjee has created her own new and true poetic world out of both an often catastrophic reality and dream. Though her poems evoke powerlessness as much as beauty, they do so powerfully and beautifully.’
Fiona Sampson

October 5th, 2016, ISBN 978-0-9928555-4-3

The Swell, £4 plus 60p postage (UK)


Reviews of The Swell (Telltale Press 2016)

Review by Karen Dennison in Abegail Morley’s Poetry Shed

For a Review by Ian Brinton for the Tears in the Fence Blog

Review by Emma Lee from Emma Lee’s Blog

Five Stars Review on Goodreads from Elly Nobbs

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