Claudia Jardine was born in Timaru in 1995. She is a postgraduate student at Victoria University of Wellington where she studies Classics, and in February 2019 she begins her Masters on The Alexiad, written by the Byzantine princess Anna Komnenos around 1148. Claudia is easily impressed by the activities of birds and ancient methods of water management. Her poetry is often about the natural world and how we respond to it. Her work has been published in Starling, Mimicry, Salient and The Spinoff.
Passing comment from a man dressed in white wearing sunglasses impatiently pacing the car-queue of the Interislander ferry on a hot day in Picton, delivered through the window on the passenger’s side with all the grace of an unravelling ham sandwich
“You wouldn’t want to have diarrhoea on a day like this.”