Books by Cathoel Jorss


Comb the Sky with Satellites, It’s Still a Wilderness ~ limited edition

Cathoel’s first collection, Going for the Eggs in the Middle of the Night, sold 1300 copies and drew reviewer comparisons with Julian of Norwich and St Teresa of Avila. Comb the Sky with Satellites, It’s Still a Wilderness presents 47 new poems and 23 photographs, published September 2014.

Robert Adamson: “I suggest you dive into this remarkable book of digital images and handcrafted words and let its strong tide wash over your brain. Cathoel Jorss is a poet of telling observation whose images burn in the dark. Her work is alive with the spirit of a generous woman whose poetry speaks of abundance. There is a vivid awareness of the world’s situation here, so we know the hope Jorss rakes up in these poems is hard won, conjured from her life-giving imagination. This book is a vast and a brilliant plea that we stay alive to the possibilities of Jorss’s world, where the living atmosphere is sweet to breathe, where the light shines for reading.”

James Sutherland-Smith, reviewing in Bow-Wow Shop: “There isn’t a dud poem in this collection.”

Melissa Lucashenko: “A writer to change your thinking, your writing and your dreams.”

Sandy McCutcheon: “Cathoel Jorss is poetry.”

Kerry Leves, reviewing in Overland: “The total impression is of a first-rate artist at work.”

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This edition has now sold out, the book will be reprinted in November 2015 and the ebook version is available here.


Available on backorder

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8 reviews of “Comb the Sky with Satellites, It’s Still a Wilderness ~ limited edition

  1. My appreciation for poetry has been rekindled thanks to this luscious work. Candid and unpretentious, each meticulously crafted line rings with truth and beauty, scenes conjured instantly. These words stay with you.

    kreglin October 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm
  2. Emerging Australian poet and musician Cathoel Jorss is a voice that commands attention. With imagery always original and fresh, this work covers many moods and an extraordinary intelligence. From the dreamlike beauty of ‘moon is modern’, to the wit of ‘fish decal is lord’, the sadness of ‘flood’, to the anger of ‘transparenthood’, the cascade of moods and thoughts inspires. The poems take unexpected turns, some requiring much work, others leaping off the page into the mind. Jorss’ vision is deep and rich, gentle yet powerful and uncompromising. The photography in the book does not show such accomplished depth, but is still a good complement to the excellence of the words. A poet to watch.

    Thomas Kent November 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm
  3. Even if I hadn’t already read and loved Cathoel Jorss’s writing, the title of this book alone was enough to draw me in. It’s the first of many phrases that grab me and hold me. Her lines run through my head as I’m walking to work in the morning, when I step out to look at the stars before I go to bed. Reading Cathoel’s work makes me want to be a kinder, gentler, truer person, as well as a wittier one. As ever, an ecological ethos underpins so much of her work, with poems like ‘the risk’ making you think about our place in the wider world and our responsibility to this planet.

    I’m not usually a poetry reader, but this book is easy and enjoyable for me to pick up and read a few pages from time to time. Interesting photographs feature intermittently, prompting you to make links between them and the poems. This book is beautiful, original and truly worth reading.

    Jameela November 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm
  4. This book takes us to far lands in traveling phrases, wagon words of humbling manner, yet, it keeps me aware of our present time and mortality, reaching out of our comfort zone, touching hardship and struggle in clever lines, softening emotions, hand sewing the mind and heart in a beautiful quilt of strong thematic and perspective, a treat to read, I strongly recommend it! Cathoel Jorss is a true artist and I am grateful she has given us this timeless gift. Comb the Sky with Satellites, It’s Still a Wilderness is a must have and a must give!

    Eliane November 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm
  5. Cathoel Jorss’ beautiful book of poetry is a work of substantial quality from the very paper it’s printed on to the carefully crafted content contained within.

    The poems move through the personal to the political, the public to the private, the prosaic to the profoundly poetic ruminations on nature, both human and in the natural world and our connections therein.

    This book, this creation, this thing of terrifying beauty is for the eyes as well as the hands and heart. It’s a visual delight, a tactile piece of craft, a palpable pleasure of words you can taste in your mouth, sounds you can hear in your head, the touch on your fingertips as you trace the words.

    It is indeed a sensual pleasure to partake of this poetry collection that traverses from inner city Melbourne to European enclaves covering every exploration of her world, sparking the intellect and setting fire to the soul.

    Melpomene Selemidis

    Melpomene Selemidis November 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm
  6. I arrived at Cathoels work through her prose and must admit claim no expertise for reviewing poetry having not attended to it at all since secondary school. Her prose delight me with their razor sharp depth perspectives on everyday life. I bought this book mostly as a wY of paying some small token as appreciation for the joy I’d gained from reading her prose for free. I must say this book has been a delight to dip into and I suspect I will savour it over many years. Why? The words , phrase and metaphors have the quality of a fine cheese, whiskey and perhaps sometimes that South East Asian fruit the durian. Inciteful, novel, sweet, bitter sweet….hey the odd belly laugh too! Deep insight, wit and whimsy! Thank you Cathoel for giving me the opportunity to experience through you mind and finely honed words! Mark Allen

    Mark November 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm
  7. Reading Cathoel’s poetry reminds me there is artistry in life, it is both a comfort and a challenge. An amazing experience to read and enjoy and keep the sentiments expressed in this extraordinary piece of work, close at hand like a first aid kit.

    cal mackinnon January 13, 2015 at 8:55 am
  8. Cathoel’s work is a rare gift, freely given. The gift of seeing the world clearly through another’s eyes, of experiencing one’s surroundings as they touch another’s soul. On my phone for those moments the tunnel vision of my own senses blinker me.

    Deb Farrell May 12, 2015 at 1:56 am

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