Carcanet to release new Alison Brackenbury collection

News - Books Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Gallop: Selected Poems published in February


According to Carcanet, the new collection contains 'song-like poems that explore animals, especially horses; history, vivid with injustice; the countryside, cities, and adventures.

'Brackenbury’s Selected Poems begins in the almost Victorian villages of remote Lincolnshire, where her father tramped, as a ploughboy, behind great Shires and Percherons. Her acclaimed early poem, Dreams of Power, gives voice to a little-known woman from the past, Arbella Stuart, and her still-contemporary choices: safe solitude, fashionable London, dangerous love. The poems take readers to northern China winters and the damp heat of Hanoi. And always the countryside returns: its mud, its huge hares, its stubborn sun. The rush of Brackenbury’s poems are a work in wonderful progress, full of surprises and renewals.'

The collection is released on February 28, priced at £12.99; Brackenbury has won the Eric Gregory and Cholmondely Awards.

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