Simon S Jackson

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Simon Jackson is an award winning writer of poetry, plays, films and music. He was director of Living Arts Space Theatre Company, Manchester and a features writer for gossip magazines in the 1990s. He worked as a musician in Serbia, a journalist in Poland, a history teacher in Egypt and was Head of Drama at Newton International College, Lima, Peru before returning to the UK.

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My Fever (for Jana)

Confined to bed, sheets sticking
like shrink wrap to my fevered skin.
The sun seeps in through the curtains like a stain.

The sweet sharpness of peppers, hung in chains outside
to make ajvar, or kiseli paprika
and keep us the whole winter, fills the room.

Mushrooms are drying on the straw
and my mother's voice rises from the thick walled kitchen
as she stirs the chicken soup to nurse me to health.

I know you're dead. I know this country
doesn't even exist anymore,
yet the smell of fresh linen and rakija

rubbed onto my boyish ...

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