Poetry. RISK THE PIER draws us into moments in the lives of a rich cast of characters. In the dramatic tradition developed by the Victorian poet Robert Browning, these poems force the reader to see the situation from the inside. Argument, philosophy and back-story are deftly intertwined, often within the strict confines of traditional form. Browning mined Renaissance Europe for inspiration. Roche-Jacques, in turn, delves into the genteel hypocrisy of the Victorian era, as well as exploring our own truth-anxious times. What shines through it all is that human character remains unchanged in essentials. Speakers line up to persuade, chastise, to mediate and meditate, with a distinctive mix of ferocity and side-long shrewdness.
Shelley Roche-Jacques' poetry has appeared in magazines such as Magma, The Rialto, The Interpreter's House and The Boston Review. Her pamphlet Ripening Dark was published in 2015 as part of the eyewear 20/20 series. She has performed her work widely, collaborating with actors, musicians and other poets. She teaches Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, and is particularly interested in the dramatic monologue as a way of examining social and political issues.Author City: SHEFFIELD UNK