About the book
‘Jacobs’ poetry absorbs the vibrancy of the world about her.’ – Paula Green
Probably this country’s oldest woman poet still publishing, Helen Jacobs is glad to have survived a pandemic and delighted the world continues to offer her things to write about, whether it is the lemons ripening outside her window, the jigsaw junkies in the library or a walk to the shops when she takes the long way to feel some of the joy of the hill walks she once treasured. And there are her memories of Pātea, where she grew up the daughter of a railwayman. While the quickness of her legs may have gone, Helen’s quickness of mind makes A Habit of Writing a delight.