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“She is a black statue in a whitewashed wooden chair, a dilapidated board house, sitting still till dusk spreads her silk petticoat across the sagging sky and bats swarm into the evening’s canvas.”
"The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond where you could reasonably have expected to go." - Seamus Heaney
"One of our most promising young talents, Jay Bernard writes powerful and sensuous scenes from the metropolis: a teenager flies like a moth, a woman with scissors sings bees. Disturbing, joyous and always surprising.” – Pascale Petit.
"Tempest has forged their own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world." - The Independent
She has the comic's knack of placing a lot of weight on thin-shouldered words, words blurred by common currency which are suddenly brought into sharp focus and don't really want to be. Beyond the laughs there's great poignancy - Observer
A seamless welding of raw experience and self-observation, of music and thought - Ken Bariss
Lucid observations, smart conceits and insight into the contemporary world as a fragmented, self-constructed thing. - The Independent