Carcanet is delighted that two new collections, PLACE
by Jorie Graham
, and Ice
by Gillian Clarke
, have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and, until the end of January, we are offering a 25% discount on both titles when ordered directly from us. This offer includes free UK delivery (please contact us for overseas delivery costs). PLACE
by Jorie GrahamPLACE
begins with a poem dated 5 June 2009, located at St Laurent Sur Mer, better known by its code name Omaha Beach, one of the sites of the American landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944. It is the starting point for a book of poems written in the uneasy lull of a world moving towards an unknowable future. Jorie Graham explores the ways in which imagination, intuition and experience help us to navigate a life we will have no choice but to live. How does one think ethically as well as emotionally in such a world? How does one think of one's child - of having brought a child into this world? How does love continue?
As we look back, and are compelled to try to see ahead, PLACE
calls us, in poems of great force and beauty, to inhabit and rejoice in a more responsive and responsible place in the world.Ice
by Gillian Clarke
Gillian Clarke turns to the real winters of 2009 and 2010. In their extremity they redefined all the seasons for her. Nature asserted itself and renewed the environment for the imagination. The poem ‘Polar’ is the poet’s point de repère, evoking a polar-bear rug she had as a child and here resurrects in a spirit of personal and ecological longing that becomes a creative act. She lives with the planet, its seasons and creatures, in a joyful, anxious communion.
The book also includes the ‘asked for’ and commissioned poems, and the Guardian
spreads Clarke has written during her time as National Poet of Wales (2008-2013). She follows in the rich millennium-old Welsh tradition of occasional writing going back to the first-known named British poets Aneirin and Taliesin in the sixth century.