Jupiter's Perigee

Sophia Hardy

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Genre: Poetry 


Jupiter's Perigee is a collection of poetry about the lives of several characters during a time when Jupiter has moved its closest to the earth. It's about excess, wealth, love, entrapment, unease, loss, and the divine.
This is the book is divided into 8 different sections each following the narrative of a different character, including William Blake and his initial portrayal of Jupiter the god. Jupiter's Perigee takes the reader through the moments of life that are inexplicable and balances mystery with common table salt and human passion.



These are poems of great clarity and strength, arising from the dramatic context of their characters’ lives. Simple conversational elements fuse to create mystery, intrigue and complexity. Here is a score for several voices: Constance whose yearning never ceases in the reign of money; Will, who sees his poems go up in smoke; Dadhija, who prays for rain in the forgetfulness of the monsoon; Lucy, stalked by jealousy – and William Blake who set a flaming Jupiter in the night sky... And Jupiter, the planet of excess, swings terribly close!

A powerful debut by a compelling young writer.

Sophia Hardy’s poems do not describe, or pass judgement, or show off their cleverness – they act in the world.



Put your finger on the pulse of this mesmerizing collection
and you will feel a beat infused with aromatic detail,
billowy white space, characters warm with longing,
a story that hooks and folds, grief, jealousy and
a ladder to the divine
— Paula Green - Winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement 2017


Most of these were lost in the fire
there was a rifle of papers
and gun holes in the tin
trees cracked from the summer storm
and the ever-gentle moss
Things are still charred
the driftwood table for instance will never
a Dr Zeus tree was hurt
the evening air brushed against all things singed
the cast iron tea pot contained a wet meadow and thus was immune
But the poems were lost



Photos from the Book launch

 Sophia Hardy reading from her book

Sophia Hardy reading from her book