The Pastoral Kitchen

Anna Jackson

‘Tactile poetry, touching the everyday life of its author . . . The Pastoral Kitchen uses the sublimity of ideas colliding with the environment to chronicle man’s impact on that environment.’ – Fraser Duncan, Hawke’s Bay Today


In this collection, Anna Jackson’s poems deal thoughtfully and elegantly with motherhood, family, and the environment. Her ideas often assume unexpected forms, appearing as hens, vending machines, or grass within her poetry. Also addressed in these poems is the fate of today’s animals in their restricted habitats, which is dealt with in poems such as ‘Dodo’, ‘Butterflies’ and ‘The Pastoral Elephant’.



Anna Jackson is a poet who made her debut in AUP New Poets 1. She has a DPhil from Oxford, where she has also lectured, and now teaches English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington. Her fifth solo collection with Auckland University Press, Thicket, was published in 2011.

Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Poetry Category 2002


December 2002, 210 x 140 mm, 64 pages
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402617, $24.99