JL NASH

Poet, Author, Columnist, Editor

 

About JL

Everything and anything from Haiku to Essays and all in-between. See my publications below with extracts of my work and check out my blog for my column articles with Ipinion Syndicate. My newest book, Paper Dolls, is a collaboration with the artist Gianluca Bernardini. Watch out for the new novel in the works!


BIO


Currently a columnist for Ipinion Syndicate (USA), has also published articles, poetry and short stories. 2001 - International Cricketer, poetry; 2002 – International Cricketer, poetry; 2003 – Richmond Review (USA) Poetry; 2005 – Marshall Islands Literary Review, poetry; 2006 – Paranoia (UK) poetry and flash fiction; 2006 – Zygote In My Coffee – Flash Fiction; 2006 – Scintilla, poetry; 2007 – Red Bubble, poetry,  2009 –2018 The Pandorian Arts Magazine, Features Editor and contributor of poetry and flash fiction; 2011 – A Moment, Solo poetry Publication (Amazon); 2011 – Eden’s Other Daughter, Poetry (Pandorian Publishing); 2012 – Beneath The Shadows The Soul Walks, short stories and photography with P. Pajdic (Pandorian Publishing); Performance Poet; Tropical Writers 2019-2018; 2019 - The Poets’ Breakfast, TFF and Fringe Poetry 2019 TFF.; 2019 - Blink-Ink #38; FlashFiction. 2020 - Turnpike Magazine, Poetry. 

 

Paper Dolls

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Paper Dolls is an innovative book. A combination of Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry all focused around a variety of beautiful pinups. They are accompanied by the superb artwork of Gianluca Bernardini

Firstly, I fell in love with ‘Sakura’. Secondly I wanted to give these gorgeous beauties an extra dimension of life that perhaps, was hidden from view and thereon, their stories began to whisper and eventually howl into the darkness of night until I stopped sleeping to note them down for lighter moments of record. They demanded depth of emotion and the complications of life that they all hid beneath their cheeky, provocative positions. Printed out and stuck on a wall in my study, I believed in them and felt honour-bound to write a bit of their life for all to see. It’s not always happy and sometimes it’s not about them completely but they all live in their story or poem. I’ve loved getting to know these women and hope that you will come to love them too.

Excerpt from: Zen and the Art of Pingpong

  • "As the conversation depended on the syntax of one, relative to the other, the decision bent around the camp-fire until the pigs had all been sold and there was harmony in the Buddhist heart of the richest woman in the village, no longer sending her herd to slaughter."

 

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”

Virginia Woolf

 

Publications

A Moment

ISBN: 978-1461134398 

Category: General

Format: Softback 

Country of origin: AUS

Pages: 86

Cover Image: Roberto Foddai

Excerpt from: A Moment

"An eyeball moves upward, sweat accumulates between the lashes on the lower lid

A scintilla of light catches the iris

 

John told the boy that he used to collect human tears before he lost his sight

Now he touches faces weeping at the loss

 

I ask my father for photographs of him so I can picture his face when I am far from home

He gives me two brain scans"

This is JL Nash’s first solo publication and it takes poetry out of the academic’s hand and firmly places it back in the narrative of everyday life.  Drawing inspiration from Pacific Islands, ghosts of dogs and lots of holes, she addresses love, lust and happiness with a measured sprinkling of the darker bits of life too.  Fun and moving, a great range of life’s tidbits to feed on.

Eden’s Other Daughter


ISBN: 9780987256713

Category: General

Format: Kindle

Publication Date: 2011-12-01

Country of origin: AUS

Pages: 80

Cover Image: Predrag Pajdic

Excerpt from: Love Song For Lisa

“The hibiscus bush outside my front door

Only flowers on occasion

I've looked and asked

But still I can't see

 

You see

During the night

Some months ago

In full view of all but me

Under that pacific moon

To the sounds of that laplap ocean

A group of onlookers

Cut into this ant hotel”

“She creates her own brand of poetry with an idiosyncratic, sui generis voice. It’s free verse poetry fertilized with a rich imagination and a discreet mastery of the English language  ....to place a magnifying glass over the minutiae of life and help the reader access vistas that are not visible to the naked eye; Suddenly the dark ocean is populated with a multitude of glow-in-the-dark life forms” 

 

Extract from review © A C Pasolini Nov 2011

Ephesia Grammata

Text by JL Nash and Illustrations by Predrag Pajdic. This finely handcrafted book is uniquely fashioned and available for purchase P.O.A.

Once exhibited as a work of art, Ephesia Grammata [2011] or the Book of Spells features handwritten calligraphy, original texts and illustrations. It contains modern English and an amalgamation language developed specifically for this project which hails from Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Greek, Latin and the imagination of the writer. The language has structure, form and tenses. Its syntax conveys the energy and magic of meaning, translated through the Modern English calligraphy on over-leafs within the handmade book. In a time when language is ever-changing and developing, this installation infuses old words with ancient human desires and needs through the spells of the incantations. 

The book is illustrated by Predrag Pajdic.

Bookbinding and cover by Edward Stansell of Craft Bookbinding Co.

Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Anthology- the ebook

Format: Kindle Edition

  • File Size: 295 KB

  • Print Length: 107 pages

  • Publisher: Kissed Publications (17 June 2011)

  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.

  • Language: English

  • ASIN: B0056O36I8


Love inspired short stories and poems

edited by Kimberly T. Matthews. 

Quiet Love

"When I turn to you in the night

To speak of flowers and the perfume

that drips from them onto the kitchen

table and how much I love you for

thinking of me and the choc’late

mouse you brought home to calm my upset

heart and how I need you every day

and of the book for which I searched

that you found and paid twenty-five pence

to release words of passion to me

and how I want you each time I smell

your skin and of the music you play

to help me sleep in times of torment

and how the sound of your voice soothes me

I watch

kiss your bare shoulder blade

and let you sleep"

Blink-Ink  Issue#38   True Crime

December 2019

Bang Bang Bang! Three shots rang out and I sent in my best “True Crime” story of 50 words. Not Ripped from the headlines, not from this decade anyway and although not noir, definitely something stylish, against the law and macabre.

Of John Turner

"Presenting as divorced and financially stable, he was tall, handsome and rigged like a cowboy. Flirting and sexual role play were offered to many. His rehearsed responses and ultimate demands were binary  It’s known that only one turned him down. In Kansas it’s hard to count women who disappear online."

Chunky Monkey Guide to Weight Loss

July 2012

  • "I loved every piece of it! and I had tears in my eyes ...as you described your story and the light!  

    Guys do yourself some favour support the eBook and tell all of your friends about it. It is amazing!!"

  • "I am loving your book Jane, and I cannot wait for you to write another I have never enjoyed reading so much ...I can relate I suppose."

  • "I really encourage everyone to purchase this book if you are serious about weight loss. Since meeting Jane the Author my life has changed for good and since March this year I have lost 19kg and still going strong. Lots of weight loss tips in this book."

  • "Been reading this book, loving it so much I fell asleep reading it last night. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with weight loss, if you have wasted your time trying all the bullshit and you're ready for something real and achievable I want you to get this book :)"

Beneath The Shadows The Soul Walks

Featuring 116 images by Predrag Pajdic
And 8 original stories by JL Nash
Embossed hard cover, 

115 pages on sateen paper, 

Printed in Portugal
Published by The Pandorian, UK/Australia
Designed by Wrong Design, Porto
1000 Copies
ISBN 978-0-9872567-6-8

This book challenges current trends and rewards the time taken to peruse the images and read the texts as it celebrates the loveliness in everyone, at all ages, gender, style, type and appearance. Over 70 subjects have been photographed and they range from ages 10 to 84. What is presented are the purest of naked souls echoed in the faces and bodies of some of the most extraordinary people from across U.S.A., Europe and Asia taken over the period of a year to catch all seasons. A key moment for the timing of the photographs taken was dawn or dusk; a time when the human subconscious rises to the forefront in an almost dream state, just waking or about to sleep. 

 

It is at this magical instant we are able, as humans to penetrate our most vulnerable and innocent emotions. It is a time of great understanding and wisdom, a moment of the opening or closing of flowers, the birth or death of butterflies. 100 of the most intense and exceptional visions from exotic locations spanning deserts, mountains, waterfalls and lakes have been hand selected from about 50,000 taken. Each subject was chosen because of their kindness and compassion in their lives, the purity of the authentic soul and the resulting grace as captured is a manifestation of the essence of each of these astonishingly humble ordinary people. Images call deep into the window of expression to create a new beginning, a marker for what is now stripped, vulnerable, raw and honest.

Lingering Whispers

January 2006

Look, out of the shadows, deep into the wellsI created in your eyes when they were emptyNever to speak of the smell ofGreed, or hope thatEchoes of bright crocuses used in the smeltingRituals of all that celluloidI have forgotten where it wentNow, left behind are traces of cottonGinger hair in a brush and an empty bottleWanting this posy I stepped back into the shadowHow your body reeked with my storyInstant gratification in my own existenceSlid down through the fastening of myPants, and all that was left, was a wordEtchedRun

Paranoia

September 2006

This was the accompanying book to the Paranoia Exhibition at the Freud Museum, London 10 January 2006 to 11 March 2007.  It features one of my short stories and two poems.

Frail

January 2020

January edition 2020

Frail

"She has learned to live with

The imperfections of life

Leaves crackle underfoot

From rain they tempt the crack

Of bones, aluminium frame creates

A space of safety so much

Smaller than before

Her weakness bestowed

My grandmother forgets herself

As a carer washes her back

Looks forward to my phone call

She wipes her chin on speaking

The remnants of a stroke

How strange such a violent occurrence

Uses the same word as a loving touch"

 
 

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