Welcome to the Museum of Cattle
poems by Jane Ormerod
A powerful and visionary for in which Jane Ormerod firmly establishes herself as a master of a unique visual/language poetry stream.
Poet Jane Ormerod follows up her critically-acclaimed collection “Recreational Vehicles on Fire” (Three Rooms Press, 2009) with the powerful and visionary work, “Welcome to the Museum of Cattle,” in which her unique style firmly establishes her as a master of a unique visual/language poetry stream. Ormerod, a former visual artist, writes poetry that thrusts images into thought, juxtaposing the familiar with the peculiar, imposing emotion on a plastic world. Her poems offer startling new observations of the world, filled with both humor and deep insight. Reading Jane Ormerod is like experiencing your favorite music in a way you’ve never heard it before. “Beyond the coast-to-coast culture of pay-as-you-go, Welcome to the Museum of Cattle exhibits an insistent voice; a palette of paradox and poetry – spoken, broken, blunt.” —Richard Kirwan (artist, London). “These poems explode off the page; translate language into ecstasy, energy and intimacy. They purr, growl, bite. Confess, question, rant and whisper. These keen, bright, big-hearted poems bounce bravely, fluidly on linguistic trampolines. They fly so high—become one with sun, moon and stars.” —Rich Ferguson (L.A. poet/spoken word artist)
High Praise for Welcome to the Museum of Cattle:
“Four decades after the Beatles landed in America came another British Invasion; to wit, the arrival of Jane Ormerod on the New York poetry scene in 2004, an event which was no less swoon-and-gasp-worthy. Suffice it to say, we Yankees are mighty glad she crossed the pond. So, Welcome to the Museum of Cattle, indeed. Welcome to a bawdy barnyard of a book that renders Orwell’s Animal Farm as tame as a petting zoo. Wherein our heroine, in the guise of a Cockney cowgirl, throws out enough red meat to raise cholesterol levels, while simultaneously raising the literary bar. Seemingly spawned from the loop-and-surprise prose of John Ashbery, with a bit of Gertrude Stein’s playful rhythm, Jane Ormerod adds her own fierce and urgent glossolalia. You will find no swaying grass or gentle heifers lowing here; despite the title, this is poetry drawn from the fist of the city, in all its swagger and grit and grandeur. Naysayers of experimental poetry be damned-Ormerod delightfully assaults our senses with language turned on its ear, and the result is a stunning salvo of sonics. Yet, for all her oblique bent and disparate juxtapositions, Ormerod sets a tone which creates a connective chain of lucid thought and meaning. Methinks that Shakespeare would say there’s a “method to her badness.” He would also, as a fellow Brit, proclaim her simply brill.”
—Cin Hochman, First Literary Review East
“Jane Ormerod’s new book from Three Rooms Press Welcome to the Museum of Cattle is an effervescent syphon of words, bubbling over with sound collisions, found phrases, imagist fragments, and urgent unanswerable questions. Anyone with a weakness for words and a fondness for seeing them knock into each other, releasing unexpected associations and emotions, would relish this museum. Its exhibits may not strike the visitor as orderly or predictable, but they regularly feature a truly disarming level of energy. The verses spread across the page like an uncontrollable spill, like fireworks with a mind of their own, like a stream of flood-water taking new territory, like a new science just being uncovered.”
Have a NYC: New York Short Stories
Edited by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges
Day or night. Rain, heat or snow. The city streets are full of people seeking the path to a better life. Everybody learns the hard way. Some not soon enough. And even dreams must pay their dues. That’s just the nature of The City. That’s New York.
Welcome to Have a NYC< (Three Rooms Press, ISBN 978-0-985813-3-8, 2012, 162 pages), the first of a New York short stories series, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. In Have a NYC, Three Rooms Press aims to acknowlege that the energy that drives New York is still there, and not just in “hipster” neighborhoods or well-trodden streets. The stories are forming and reforming moment by moment. Drifters pass through and lend their ideas; natives look to cling to the things they see are ebbing away; the underbelly still writhes and reels to an urban beat; and the familiar landmarks take on new looks and menace as technology slowly grips the throngs of people walking the New York City streets.
Jane Ormerod’s short story “Thrush” appears in this edition
Recreational Vehicles on Fire
by Jane Ormerod
A fresh, fearless, new poetic voice that challenges and transfixes. An extraordinary first full-length collection.
Recreational Vehicles on Fire by Jane Ormerod is an extraordinary first full-length collection of poetry by a completely original modern voice. Daring and innovative, yet remarkably accessible, Ormerod explores the psyche and reduced position of humanity in a world increasingly overtaken by corporate greed and faceless machines. She invites the reader to examine with her how—of if—basic human emotions such as grief, joy and love fit into the present, and ponders their place in relation to past and future. Each poem is a stunning example of language and thought, delivered in a variety of unique forms. Ormerod is indeed a force to be reckoned with.
Poet and literary critic Sarah Sarai notes: “I’ve seen her perform . . . and find her speech—not elite, not Cockney—like her poetry, arresting and uncommon. . . A little punk, a little reserved, a lot artist, [her work] swoops in to challenge and transfix. Her confident lines embody a surety that their existence is all the sense we need.”
Recreational Vehicles on Fire; New & Selected Poems, by Jane Ormerod, Three Rooms Press
ISBN: 978-0-9840700-1-5, $15.00, 6” x 9”, Territory: WE, 112 Pages, October 2009, Trade Paper, Poetry