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Red House

Sasha Dugdale

Red House by Sasha Dugdale
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ISBN: 978 1 906188 02 3
Categories: Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2011
216 x 135 x 5 mm
180 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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  • 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.

    from 'Shepherds'
    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'.


    Red House
    ‘Perhaps Akhmatova was right’
    Ten Moons
    The Poetry of Earth
    Michael Blann
    A Ballad without Rhyme
    Dawn Chorus
    Fish’s Dream
    ‘Lifting the bedcovers and there’
    Out of Town
    Amazing Grace
    Plainer Sailing (Alzheimer’s)
    ‘I can only be who I am’
    Doggy Life
    On Beauty
    Song of the Seagull
    All Souls’
    The Alphabet of Emigration
    Sweet Companions
    ‘Late winter, like the tide retreating’
    Sasha Dugdale was born in Sussex. Between 1995 and 2000 she worked for the British Council in Russia, where she set up the Russian New Writing Project with the Royal Court Theatre. She currently works as a translator and consultant for the Royal Court and other theatre companies. Many of her ... read more
    Awards won by Sasha Dugdale 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 '...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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