‘Jenn Hart’s poetry is like a ferret. It can be your best friend, or bite your face off.’
– Henry Raby
Some of you reading may already know Jenn Hart as our blog manager, social media whizz and co-editor of Burning Eye, but today Jenn is a poet who is releasing her first collection – Better Watch Your Mouth.
Named in part homage to Thelma and Louise, Better Watch Your Mouth is a collection that explores female relationships, history and identity as a woman finding her space within a male-dominated punk scene. There is conflict, spite, heartache and empowerment behind this book. The title also plays on a constant theme for Jenn, being told to be quiet, to always doubt oneself when being out-spoken and how ultimately, silencing some people only makes them shout louder. This is Jenn’s megaphone.
‘Here is a collection of poems which whispers, growls, mumbles and shouts about female experiences. Powerful, and everyday. Real, and imagined. Richly fictional, and bravely autobiographical.
Jenn’s voice is smart and surprising, and she drags us by the hand through all the things she knows about what it can mean to be young (and especially to be a young woman), without a cliche in sight.’ – Sally Jenkinson
‘Beautiful, deftly constructed with strength at its heart. This is a gorgeous chapbook‘ – Megan Beech
Jenn Hart is a poet and musician who speaks for herself. Her poetry is sharp and witty as she rips apart the stigmas of mental health, feminism and growing up in a punk scene, far from perfect.
In 2013 Jenn released a zine of poems Scraped Knees and Sob Stories and it was so good someone got the cover art tattooed in their leg. She set off on a DIY spoken word tour (Riot Nrrrds) with fellow punk poet Henry Raby in 2014 and has performed at festivals, community centres, squats, caravans, kitchens and back rooms all over the country. She has had work published with She Grrrowls, The Riot Grrrl Project and CHAPESS Zine.