Jill Jones has published eight full-length books of poetry, including The beautiful anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014). In 2014 she is poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. She is a member of the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

Every Day, Streams of Changes

Networks in Time, Place, Process in the ‘Snapshots Project’

This essay examines an email poetry project, the Snapshots Project, as an example of poetries that work with dailiness as a form of serial associative writing. Using responses to a survey of some of the participants and some examples of poems written for the project, I explore the various ways poets can experiment with dailiness in their writing and the ways they interpret ‘the moment’ variously, from the report, the description and the anecdote, through a range of more formal linguistic preferences. Time and location markers attached to the email posts provided a kind of mapping or network for these poems. Many respondents noted the project created both a sense of communality, of network, by providing a long view of how a day unfolded across longitudes and latitudes, and a venue for responsiveness.