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ISBN: 978 1 784103 36 1
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2017
216 x 135 x 8 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
A 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Following her groundbreaking 2014 début An Aviary of Small Birds (‘technically perfect poems of winged heartbreak’ – Observer), Karen McCarthy Woolf returns with Seasonal Disturbances.
Set against a backdrop of ecological and emotional turbulence, these poems are charged yet meditative explorations of nature, the city, and the self. A sinister CEO presides over a dystopian hinterland where private detectives investigate crimes against hollyhocks; Halcyon is discovered as a dead kingfisher, washed up on an Italian beach. Lyrical and inventive, McCarthy Woolf’s poems test classic and contemporary forms, from a disrupted zuihitsu that considers her relationship with water, to the landay, golden shovel, and gram of &.
As a fifth-generation Londoner and daughter of a Jamaican émigré, McCarthy Woolf makes a variety of linguistic subversions that critique the rhetoric of the British class system. Political as they may be, these poems are not reportage: they aim to inspire what the author describes as an ‘activism of the heart, where we connect to and express forces of renewal and love’.
Cover Illustration: Nuri R. Melgarejo
Awards won by Karen McCarthy Woolf Commended, 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. (Seasonal Disturbances ) Short-listed, 2015 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize
(An Aviary of Small Birds) Short-listed, 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
(An Aviary of Small Birds)
Praise for Karen McCarthy Woolf 'I loved Karen McCarthy Woolf's technically perfect poems of winged heartbreak'
Maggie Gee, The Observer - The New Review, 29.11.2015. '[McCarthy Woolf has] a powerful command of form and rhythm.'
Alan Brownjohn, Poetry Review
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