Author(s): Anna Jackson
The Gas Leak by Wellington poet Anna Jackson is a thoughtful, disturbing and darkly funny new collection that offers a glimpse of the gaps and cracks that can exist between family members in everyday life. The three characters Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� the gas fitter, the gas fitterÃ�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�s wife and their teenaged daughter play out their domestic issues in ways both familiar and bizarre. It is partly based on the work of Dutch poet Gerrit Achterbeg whose language and imagery have been very influential and who is also known for having murdered his landlady in a fit of madness after she rejected him and spending the much of his life in psychiatric institutions, his only grip on reality being Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�poetry and his personal vision on literatureÃ�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�
First published January 2006.
Anna Jackson is a well-established poet whose three previous collections, all from AUP, attracted much admiration: The Long Road to Teatime, The Pastoral Kitchen, shortlisted for the Montana NZ Book Awards, and Catullus for Children. She made her debut in AUP New Poets 1. She has a DPhil from Oxford, where she has also lectured, and now teaches English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington.