A world without maps

Now launched!


English only please

the first lesson in
the old desert
school, the national
anthem insistent
as tinnitus

windows blackened
like a crazed wadi …

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In poems which range from the minimalist to the theatrical, Jane Simpson evokes the fascinatingly unfamiliar world of the Arabian Peninsula. When teaching in a desert school, she found her pre-conceptions about Muslim women were completely shattered. Unable to see their faces fully, she remembered their names by the sequins on their sleeves.  She writes of home and family with great tenderness. Choked forms wonderfully match the sensations of grief. In a synthesis of home and abroad, science and art, the poems reveal a compassionate, searching gaze in a world without maps.


Jane Simpson captures the audience’s attention at the launch of A world without maps.