Shark reaffirms the originality and depth of Terry Jaensch’s poetic vision. Here are poems that explore the territories of childhood, human relationships and the natural world, but never with anything less than an unsettling sense of what it means to be operating from the margins or entering the unspoken core. At once witty and affecting these poems of love and suffering are superbly honed, rigorous and above all emotionally resolute.
‘If it’s possible to fall in love with someone from their words alone, consider me smitten. Jaensch’s poems are captivating, thrilling and devastating. They’re somehow, at once, both vulnerable and muscular, sexy and embarrassing, scorchingly funny and guttingly sad, completely queer and wholly universal. If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect Jaensch wrote these poems just to knock the wind out of us all.’ Benjamin Law, author of The Family Law and Gaysia
‘Reading Jaensch’s poems is like being haunted by beautiful ghosts – a bunch of unquiet souls who have the lightest of touches, even when they’re grabbing you by the throat.’
Kristin Henry, author of All The Way Home