My first collection, published in 2002 by
I was really excited when Vane Women published
this pamphlet, though it happened at a strange time in my
life when everything was changing.
I particularly liked the cover – a friend and I took
this and several other Barbie and Action Man (definitely
not Ken) photos down by the River Wear in an odd corner
of County Durham (county of odd corners). I took the photo
on an old Pentax and then had it scanned onto the cover
of the pamphlet at Darlington Arts Centre in black and white.
I love the result, still do. They look so happy.
"Jo Colley's first collection is
shockingly honest in its nervy, ironic, high wire poems
poised between safety and danger. Hers is a world of post-modern
surrealism and somehow she's frantic to escape her dream
landscape while enjoying a shiver of its dark imagination.
Uncompromising poems of zest, experience and attitude."
"Wit and angst . . . warmth
and wry stylishness" - Jenny Swann, Other Poetry