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Smoothie

Claudine Toutoungi

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ISBN: 978 1 784104 14 6
Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2017
80 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback, eBook (PDF)
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  • Smoothie is Claudine Toutoungi’s debut collection of poems. It takes a tender, exuberant and deliciously dark look at our desire to be heard, whatever the cost; a desire that can be treacherous, comical and sometimes – often enough to fend off despair – fulfilled. Smoothie plots the wayward wanderings of a beguiling cast of misfits – hotel eavesdroppers, city interlopers, lone wolves, phantom bird-watchers, disaffected language robots and triumphant piano-swallowers – as they try to express themselves. The poems are candid without being confessional: the poet’s ‘I’ encompasses the reader. Language’s smooth surface bubbles up as Toutoungi’s characters reveal their peculiarly twenty-first-century disorientations, riffing off loneliness, authenticity and heartbreak as they go.
    Claudine Toutoungi’s poetry has appeared in various publications including PN Review and Magma. Her plays Bit Part and Slipping have been produced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre. She adapted Slipping for BBC Radio 4 in 2014. She is currently writing Deliverers, a new play for BBC Radio 4. ... read more
    'One way of judging a book is by whether it stays with you after you'€™ve read it. This is a book that does. Perhaps that'€™s because it'€™s peculiarly vivid. Perhaps it'€™s because it has genuine wit, or because of its lightness of touch, or its sophistication or inventiveness, or the rigour of the logic that holds the poems together. But actually I think it'€™s because it also has a kind of unafraid honesty, a quality completely unrelated to the skill of writing, but so crucial to the best poetry.'
    Mark Waldron
    Praise for Claudine Toutoungi 'One way of judging a book is by whether it stays with you after you'€™ve read it. This is a book that does. Perhaps that'€™s because it'€™s peculiarly vivid. Perhaps it'€™s because it has genuine wit, or because of its lightness of touch, or its sophistication or inventiveness, or the rigour of the logic that holds the poems together. But actually I think it'€™s because it also has a kind of unafraid honesty, a quality completely unrelated to the skill of writing, but so crucial to the best poetry.'
    Mark Waldron
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