Jenna Clake’s Museum of Ice Cream is part simulation, part internal monologue, part attempt to reach out. An uncanny examination of objects, scenes, and flavours, these poems explore how food can connect and divide, can feel isolating and terrifying: public and private jars of peanut butter, a tray of lemons, unfurling chocolate bar wrappers. In turning to television, childhood films, and social media accounts, her collection investigates how to reveal and conceal, what it means to have a secret, to be intimate, to navigate something that should be natural, but feels sickly, sour, and wrong. Museum of Ice Cream is Jenna Clake’s second collection, following her debut Fortune Cookie (2017), winner of an Eric Gregory Award and the Melita Hume Poetry Prize, which was also shortlisted for a Somerset Maugham Award. She is also author of a VERVE pamphlet entitled CLAKE which was published in 2018.
Jenna managed our volunteers at the first VERVE in 2017 and also placed 2nd in our first competition which was judged by Hannah Silva. She has been a big supporter of the festival and we are huge fans of her and her poetry!
Date: 22nd April 2021
Extent: 80 pp