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The Observances

Kate Miller

The Observances
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ISBN: 978 1 906188 15 3
Categories: 21st Century, Art, First Collections
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: April 2015
216 x 135 x 8 mm
88 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
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  • Winner of the 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.
    Shortlisted for the 2017 Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize.
    Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Poetry Award.


    In the informal rituals of the tide remaking its tideline, of a painter absorbed in the act of painting or of an old couple greeting the night, the English poet Kate Miller sees and charts the creative process at work. As its title suggests, Miller’s striking début collection explores perception, the poet’s eye and ear trained on distances that stretch beyond comfort zones. This is a book full of movement: even quiet reflections on home and family life are rarely still. Throughout the collection Miller dwells on the unfixed and restless image and shows herself as subject to it – to the difficult illusion of physical energy in sculpture, to the changeability of skies and the insistent rhythm and presence of the sea.
    Kate Miller grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London. She has received a number of awards including the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008. Selected for the 2011 and 2013 Salt Best British Poetry anthologies, her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry Review, The Rialto, ... read more
    Awards won by Kate Miller Short-listed, 2017 Michael Murphy Poetry Prize (The Observances) Short-listed, 2015 Costa Book Awards (The Observances) Winner, 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection (The Observances)
    'In collaboration with the waves'
    The Observer
    'An ambitious and unusual debut.'
    Judges for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection  
    'The quiet but intense sensibility of the author is integral to her poetic endeavour.'
    Dr Leontia Flynn, Chair of Judges for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection
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