Pirate Rain


Pirate Rain takes Jennifer Maiden’s concern with political power and personal accountability into new territory, as Clare Collins and George Jeffreys wake to nightmare scenarios in New Orleans, Rio,Beirut, Paris or Somalia, and Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton talk intimately in hotel rooms on the campaign trail leading to the Obama presidency.

These sequences are accompanied by lyrics which open the poet’s private world to scrutiny, probing the boundary
between the autobiographical and the public persona.

This is Maiden in top form, operating openly in areas where few poets are willing to engage.

Maiden’s art is intelligent, controlled, questing, content with no comfortable place in the world of literary opinion; she is bent on making her own forceful way. – Peter Pierce

Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-59-4
pp : 96pp
March 2010

About the Author

Jennifer Maiden has won the N.S.W. Premier’s Award for Poetry three times, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry, the Christopher Brennan Award for a lifetime of achievement in poetry, and many other prizes. Her recent poetry books include Acoustic Shadow (1993), Mines (1999) and Friendly Fire (2005), which won the Age Book of the Year Award.


Pirate Rain has won the 2010 Age Poetry Book of the Year Award and the 2011 NSW Premiers Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Prize, the Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Asher Award.