Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2018
Jinx: a ruinous charm, a quickdraw curse, a knight’s move. Abigail Parry’s first collection is concerned with spells, and ersatz spells: with semblance and sleight-of-hand. It takes its formal cues from moth-camouflage and stage magic, from the mirror-maze and the masquerade, and from high-stakes games of poker. Jinx asks about the equivocal nature of artifice, and the real mischief that underwrites the trick. The poems deal in forms of influence: in seduction and persuasion, infatuation and obsession. They want to talk about what we submit to, and what we are compelled by.