Erato takes its title from the muse of lyric poetry. At the centre is an interrogation of the lyric as a vehicle to write the world, both the beauty and the horror. Drawing on documentary-style narratives of her life, combined with lyric reinventions, Rees-Jones asks questions about past, present and future, about the slippages of memory, all our errors and erasures, and the places we inhabit when processing trauma. It is a book full of flames and scars, landscape and animals, and at its heart the transformative music that runs beneath words, and the bodies we inhabit when we love.
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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers
Shortlisted for the 2014 TS Eliot Prize Shortlisted for the 2014 Forward Prize for Best First Collection Poetry Book Society Choice In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE […]
Deo by Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
In Deo, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, an up and coming young poet, released his first collection of Poems in Scottish Gaelic. This book is fully bilingual Gaelic – English. In his foreword by Martin MacIntyre, he says: “I was privileged to be given a sneak preview of Marcus’s work in progress over the last two […]
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The Poetry Book Society Summer 2018 Choice. Shortlisted for The 2018 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Vahni Capildeo’s Venus as a Bear collects poems on animals, art, language, the sea, thinghood, metaphor, description, and dance. They tend toward, and tend to, the inanimate and non-human, tenderly disclosing their forms of sentience. We have feelings for […]