The Luck


After lockdowns have swept calendars clear, leaf-fall, early sunrise and gales are Jane Routh’s measures of time, as she goes about her tasks in the hill pasture and woodlands where she has the luck to live.

With sharp, lyrical description and down-to earth understanding, her poems consider the flora and fauna around her, formative moments and lifespans – as well as the dead who won’t be forgotten. Her elegant and informed writing conveys a sense of belonging in a particular place and the care for its future, carrying a universal resonance.

Published October 2024.


Jane Routh is one of the most engaging and consistently interesting of the serious poets now writing in Britain. The Luck is her fifth collection of poetry from Smith|Doorstop. Circumnavigation won the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize. Teach Yourself Mapmaking was a PBS Recommendation. Individual poems have won several competitions including the Academi Cardiff International and Strokestown International Competitions.

Additional information

Dimensions 21 × 13.8 × 0.6 cm

Book, eBook (ePub)


9781914914874, 9781914914881



Publication Year

September 2024