Pirate Rain

Jennifer Maiden



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


Pirate Rain is available from Quemar Press.


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


About the Author

Jennifer Maiden’s collections have won the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Poetry Prizes, the Age Poetry Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Literature, the richest literary prize in Australia.


Winner, 2010 Age Poetry Book of the Year Award
Winner, 2011 NSW Premiers Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry
Shortlisted, Western Australian Premier’s Prize
Shortlisted, Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Award
Shortlisted, Asher Award