Jinx: A ruinous charm, a quickdraw curse, a knight's move. Abigail Parry's first collection is concerned with spells, and ersatz spells: with semblance and sleight-of-hand.
It takes its formal cues from moth-camouflage and stage magic, from the mirror-maze and the masquerade, and from high-stakes games of poker. Jinx asks about the equivocal nature of artifice, and the real mischief that underwrites the trick.
The poems deal in forms of influence: in seduction and persuasion, infatuation and obsession.
They want to talk about what we submit to, and what we are compelled by.