When Jacqui Rowe found she had blood cancer, writing poetry helped her come to terms with the anguish and absurdities of having an incurable, but probably not terminal, illness. With both pathos and humour, the poems address the new knowledge she gained, and the world she found herself in, of blood counts, Watch and Wait, and bone marrow biopsies, as well as her reflections on childhood, family, and places, seen from her new perspective.
Jacqui Rowe was born in Birmingham where she still lives. ‘Other Things I Didn’t Use To Know’ is her second collection, and she has had four pamphlets published. She has been Writer in Residence at Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts, where she established the creative writing programme, which she continues to deliver. She is co-editor of Flarestack Poets press and a tutor for the Poetry School. In 2018 she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia.