"The Boiling Point for Jam, by Irish writer Lynda Tavakoli, is a debut with the scope of a new and collected. Like a modern Angel of History, the speaker in these poems observes how 'the past becomes the present / and the present loiters somewhere in the past,' how even as we move, inexorably, into the future, our perspective remains locked in remembrance."—Harriet Books, The Poetry Foundation
In this debut collection from a poet whose reverence for nature is a constant and comforting aesthetic, the poems explore themes of innocence and experience. From the intimacy of personal loss to war and its cruel consequences, and traversing from Fermanagh to Tehran, these poems are always surprising, always true, always made more by Tavakoli’s choice of images and her unfailing lightness of touch.