Untitled spring equinox sonnet.
I will not ever leave this winter
mood and be a winner,
I refuse, I insist on being wanner
than anyone, wander
where I will, past warder
and hoarder, walking harder
and faster, still harping on, harper
that I am, about my cold hands and damper
feet, my hair, too, damped
and darkened in the rain. Dammed
up I’ll remain like a gutter full of dimmed
autumn leaves, washed white but not dimmer
than I insist of remaining as I simmer
about your supposedly approaching summer.
Anna Jackson made her debut in AUP New Poets 1 before publishing six collections with Auckland University Press, including I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (2014). She has a DPhil from Oxford and is now an associate professor in English literature at Victoria University of Wellington. Jackson is the author of Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers’ Diaries 1915–1962 (Routledge, 2010) and, with Charles Ferrall, British Juvenile Fiction 1850–1950: The Age of Adolescence (Routledge, 2009).