Listening to the Night


Combining vivid, musical writing and acute perception of the natural world, and ranging across land and land art, birds, buildings and bodies, roads, trees and winds, Jane Routh’s distinctive poems investigate memory and the changes which overtake us all. In the face of environmental and personal loss Listening to the Night celebrates the moments of resilience “that keep mortality at bay”.

In language as bright as it is meticulous, Jane Routh’s poems startle us with their vivid evocations of places and things, but it is her challenging imagination which shows us the spiritual and emotional elements that underlie them. Neil Curry (On Circumnavigation)

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Listening to the Night is Jane Routh’s fourth collection of poetry published by Smith|Doorstop. Circumnavigation won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize; Teach Yourself Mapmaking was a PBS Recommendation, followed by The Gift of Boats. Falling into Place, is a prose book about wildlife and landscape in the North West, where Jane lives and manages woodlands. Individual poems of hers have won the Academi Cardiff International Competition and the Strokestown International Competition.