Carcanet Press
Quote of the Day
Carcanet has always been the place to look for considerations of purely literary and intellectual merit. Its list relies on the vision and the faith and the energy of people who care about books, and values. It is thus as rare as it is invaluable.
Frederic Raphael

The Estate

Sasha Dugdale

The Estate cover
RRP: GBP£ 8.95
Discount: 10%
You Save: GBP£ 0.89

Price: GBP£ 8.05
Available Add to basket
Paperback
ISBN: 978 1 903039 80 9
Categories: 21st Century, Russian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2007
216 x 135 x 6 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
  • Description
  • Excerpt
  • Author
  • Awards
  • Reviews
  • No one person could be this desired
    Across the gulf, could contain in their veins
    That quiet, or the nervous system of stones
    And seasons with the same small time.

    No thing could remain so finally other
    Though the birds move between, the clouds
    Pass over. Might have been Russia or even China
    Might have been pack ice, floating, floating
        
                                      from 'Island'
    Sasha Dugdale's poems explore the mysterious solitudes of individual lives with tender, unsparing lucidity. The book opens with a sequence written at the Pushkin family estate. The great Russian poet, setting out to St Petersburg, turns back when a hare runs in front of his horse: the superstitious act saves his life. Such chance or fated moments where paths cross are at the heart of the collection. A boy on a train, passing a gold chain through his fingers, sparks a buried childhood memory in a watching passenger; lovers reach out to touch in the dark; a dying soldier holds to the sight of house martins swooping over a pool. In fragmentary meetings, Dugdale finds a source hope and art.

    Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and playwright. She has published three collections of poetry with Carcanet, Notebook, The Estate, and Red House . In 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize. Between 2012 and 2017 she was editor of Modern Poetry in Translation . She is co-director of ... read more
    Awards won by Sasha Dugdale Winner, 2017 The Poetry Book Society Winter Choice Award (Joy) Winner, 2017 SOA Cholmondeley Award Winner, 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (for 'Joy') Winner, 2003 Eric Gregory Award
    'The sensibility The Estate reveals is intelligent and wry - as well as highly original'
    Fiona Sampson, Tower Poetry
    Praise for Sasha Dugdale '...a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.'
    Sean O'Brien, Times Literary Supplement
    'Addictive writing, compelling and tender.'
    Malika Booker 
     My favourite collection this year is Sasha Digdale's 'Red House' (Carcanet Oxford Poets). I like how she has infused her British sensibility with the passion and abandon of Russian poets like Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tssvetaeva, whom she has previously translated.
    Kathryn Maris, Timeout Magazine Best of 2011
    'Notebook is a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.'
    Times Literary Supplement
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog New Poetries VII: Introducing Laura Scott read more 50 years after the death of Vernon Watkins read more Nadine Gordimer Memorial Lecture read more ILL FARES THE LAND read more Between Survival and Extinction read more Promoting poetry through public engagement read more
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2017 Carcanet Press Ltd