A poetry chapbook published in 2016. Growing up with boys, living with boys, fighting with boys, grieving for boys…Boys is a collection in two parts that wrestles with heartbreak, grief, sexual exploration, casual relationships and day to day observations. It is a journey through encounters, good, bad, loving, violent, life-affirming and challenging, with boys (and men). Boys is a tender, raw, celebratory and unflinching collection of poems with a socio-political undercurrent.
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Jenkinson is known primarily as a performance poet, but these poems repay a close reading and attention that wouldn’t usually be expected from poems written for the stage. There’s a precision, an ear for the rhythm of language, and an idiosyncratic way of looking at and responding to the world that lifts these poems from the page and prints them indelibly on the memory of the reader. The fine line between the poem as something to be read aloud in public and something to be enjoyed in private is walked here, and it lends a tension to the collection which makes it compelling.’ – Ian Parks
‘As striking and stark as its title. Every poem forces you to read it twice, and boys and their stories seem to squat in the spaces between each word.’ – Bridget Minamore