Jane Doe




About Jane Doe by Chris Astwood

Jane Doe explores the tensions of language and imagery in Astwood’s homeland of Bermuda. Here the poems follow Jane Doe, a unidentified woman who rises from her murder to disrupt society and reclaim her life.


Advance Praise for Jane Doe

‘Imagination often leans into disembodied ghostly encounters, to help us deal with excesses of violence against the vulnerable: .spectral girls at roadsides; the vengeful voice La Llorona. Astwood does not rest content with this. Instead, he creates a poetic body of work that raises the body of a woman — allowing anywoman, ‘Jane Doe’, staggering substance. Thick and salty with life spilled untimely into a lush landscape, Astwood’s words send almost inconceivable woundedness to walk again, revisiting ordinary places, graced too late with would-be helpful gestures. Murder cries out for justice not only to be seen and heard, but touched, tasted, scented. This pamphlet is the unmissable flip side to Shivanee Ramlochan and Kei Miller’s exploration of similar themes.’

Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo


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Jane Doe Details

Paperback ISBN: 9781912665235
Published by Gatehouse Press, an inprint of Story Machine. A Lighthouse pamphlet.
Publication Date: 4th June 2023
Extent: 32pp
Format: B format pamphlet, stabled
Editor: Andrew McDonnell
Cover Design: Natty Peterkin
Typesetting: Natty Peterkin


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