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ISBN: 978 1 906188 02 3
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2011
216 x 135 x 5 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
Late June the ghosts of shepherds meet on the hills
And one has his crook with its musket barrel hook
One carries a Bible, and all wear the smock
And listen out for the little bells and canister bells
Worn by the sheep and the big cattle, carried by the wind
Which shapes the hawthorn into mermaid's hair and open book.
In Red House, her third collection, Sasha Dugdale evokes the ghosts and presences that flit about on the margins of our lives. She finds them at the edge of towns where superstores and allotments blur an older landscape, in Europe where emigrants leave their gods, their neighbours, their memories 'jettisoned like old clothes'; and across the chalk Downs of her native Sussex. She traces the shapes that they leave through folk song, lament and lyric poetry.
Haunted by history, confronted by primal brutalities, the poems in Red House proclaim the fierce, bright authenticity that is 'all the proof we need that we're alive'.
‘Perhaps Akhmatova was right’
The Poetry of Earth
A Ballad without Rhyme
‘Lifting the bedcovers and there’
Out of Town
Plainer Sailing (Alzheimer’s)
‘I can only be who I am’
Song of the Seagull
The Alphabet of Emigration
‘Late winter, like the tide retreating’
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
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
Praise for Sasha Dugdale 'The categories of age, empire and (particularly) gender are shown to set unjust limits on human flourishing, and on what histories can be told. Yet Dugdale emphasises that, when oppressed subjects are allowed to express themselves, their stories might still be of willed sacrifice and genuine happiness.'
'Sometimes you read a work that is so clearly deserving of the accolades it's received that it restores your faith in things. Sasha Dugdale's 'Joy' is such a work.'
The Poetry School
'...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 'The sensibility The Estate reveals is intelligent and wry - as well as highly original'
Fiona Sampson, Tower Poetry 'Notebook is a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.'
Times Literary Supplement
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