Joinng our 2022 cohort is returning BE poet and poetry humble legend Sally Jenkinson. Sally was one of the first Burning Eye poets back in 2012 when we published her first pamphlet Sweat-Borne Secrets, followed in 2016 by Boys. (She recently posted some pictures from her first book launch in Bristol, spot the poetry legends!) Sally has always been a poet who contains such visceral, original imagery in a small number of poems. She has perfected the fine curation of the pamphlet, and Pantomime Horse, Russian Doll, Egg is the perfect next sequence.

Pantomime Horse, Russian Doll, Egg is a poem cycle about giving birth. A creative response to the seemingly improbable and yet utterly commonplace act of somehow producing a human from your body. A rollercoaster ride of viscera and vulnerability, exploring the agony and the ecstasy of an everyday accouchement.

‘It is a hard thing to write a blurb for a piece of work which holds your face and heart so steady, daring you to also see into and through the abyss that is birth. These poems are an immediate weaving of worlds – past and present, home and hospital, power and surrender – all intimate and all universal.’


Come along to the online launch of Pantomime Horse, Russian Doll, Egg on Sunday 9th October

Sally Jenkinson was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She has been writing and performing poetry across the UK for more than a decade, and has also written and performed internationally in Sweden, Iceland and Australia.

Her work has recently been featured in The Morning Star, Lighthouse Journal, Emerge Lit Journal, The #MeToo Anthology from Fairacre Press, and on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Power Lines’.

She is a care worker and community arts producer, and is currently working towards her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. She has lived in Sheffield, Bristol, and Brighton, and now lives in the Forest of Dean with her cats, husband, and various fierce and magical children.


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