Longlisted for the Raymond Souster Award 2023 by the League of Canadian Poets.
Hurricane Watch: New and Collected Poems brings together Jamaican Poet Laureate Olive Senior’s first four books of poetry alongside a new collection. Recipient of the Musgrave Gold Medal in 2005 from the Institute of Jamaica, Senior has long been recognised as a skilful and evocative storyteller but what this book shows is the consistency and range of her achievement.
Senior’s poems are delicate, formally playful and always finely observed, whether responding to Jamaican birdlife, the larger natural world or the traces of a complicated historical inheritance. Often, and always surprisingly, her poems’ brilliant descriptions and vivid, gripping narratives open out into ecological reflections, politics and culture in original, surprising and sensuous ways.
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Erato by Deryn Rees-Jones
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 […]
NB by J.C.: A walk through the Times Literary Supplement by James Campbell
A The Spectator and Observer Book of the Year. The NB column in the Times Literary Supplement, signed at the foot by J.C., occupied the back page of the paper for thirteen years. For a decade before that, it was in the middle pages. That’s roughly 60,000 words a year for twenty-three years. The purpose […]
Pigeon Songs by Eoghan Walls
Eoghan Walls’ Pigeon Songs is a gorgeous second collection of poems: richly detailed, densely metaphorical, steeped in themes of love and loss. The pigeon as a totem animal rings true, suggesting both a down-to-earth physicality along with an ability to astonish, to take flight. From the first piece, ‘Angry Birds’ we have a sense of […]