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Andrew Jamison

This is the kind of poet who makes poems out of the trash-strewn streets of small and large towns on the morning after Saturday night. This is the kind of poet who is more likely to be at home on Saturday night, not because he doesn’t love the world, but because he’s too busy working out the various beauty of everything (or if he is out, he’s likely to be sitting by himself in a diner persuading anyone who’ll listen that there’s nothing romantic about it). This is the kind of poet who lets all the mess in, unfiltered, ungroomed, who doesn’t sort it out and stack it up, but generously and lovingly considers each thing and person. He grinds no axe, he ticks no box. The material is left to its own devices, and the greatest surprise of all is the lavish lyricism that ensues.

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Andrew Jamison was born in County Down in 1986. He was educated at Down High School before studying at Queen Mary University of London and the University of St Andrews. He lives near Oxford with his wife and two children, where he works as an English teacher while completing a doctorate at the University of Reading.

He was awarded the Cambridge University Long Vacation Scholarship as an undergraduate, and won the Templar pamphlet award in 2011. Selected as a UK Young Artist, he took part at the 2011 International Biennale in Rome. His Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards include a New York Residency (2011) and the ACES award. He was Poet in Residence at the Bristol Poetry Institute in 2013.

Happy Hour, his first collection, was published in 2012 and Stay in 2017. September 2023 sees the publication of Andrew Jamison’s third collection, Swans We Cannot See.

His poetry has been published widely in UK and Irish literary journals, and anthologies such as Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Moth, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Best British Poetry 2013.

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Swans We Cannot See

Swans We Cannot See

Andrew Jamison’s third collection, spans parenthood, masculinity, climate, and poems dedicated to artisans, blank verse and parmesan cheese.

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The Starlings from Happy Hour (2012).

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King’s Cross to Leeds from Happy Hour (2012).

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Death’s Door from Happy Hour (2012).

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