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Isabel Galleymore, Significant Other: London Launch


Friday 12 Apr 2019, 19:00 to 22:00
Location:

The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street
London
WC2H 9BX
United Kingdom

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the London launch of Isabel Galleymore's debut collection, Significant Other, with an evening of celebratory readings from Isabel, Emily Hasler and Lucy Mercer. The Café's bar will be open for refreshments, and copies of the book will be available to buy. Please let us know you can make it by reserving a free Eventbrite ticket. See the Facebook event for more information.

In her first book of poems, Isabel Galleymore takes a sustained look at the 'eight million differently constructed hearts' of species currently said to inhabit Earth. These are part of the significant other of her title; so too are the intimacies - loving, fraught, stalked by loss and extinction - that make up a life. The habit of foisting human agendas on non-human worlds is challenged. Must we still describe willows as weeping? In the twenty-first century, is it possible to be 'at one' with nature? The poems reflect on our desire to locate likeness, empathy and kinship with our environments, whilst embracing inevitable difference. As the narratives belonging to animal fables, Doomsday Preppers and climate change deniers are adapted, new metaphors are found that speak of both estrangement and entanglement. Drawing at times from her residency in the Amazon rainforest, Galleymore delves into a world of pink-toed tarantulas, the erotic lives of barnacles, and caged owls that behave like their keepers. The human world revises its own measure in the light of these poems.

Isabel Galleymore's debut pamphlet, Dazzle Ship, was published by Worple Press in 2014. Her work has featured in magazines including Poetry, the London Review of Books and in New Poetries VII. In 2016 she was a poet-in-residence at the Tambopata Research Centre in the Amazon rainforest. In 2017 she received an Eric Gregory Award. She teaches at the University of Birmingham.

Emily Hasler was born in Suffolk but has ended up on the Essex-side of the river Stour. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2014. A pamphlet, 'Natural Histories', was published by Salt in 2011 and her collection, 'The Built Environment', was published in 2018 with Pavilion Poetry.

Lucy Mercer's poems have appeared in Poetry London and Poetry Review, amongst others. She is currently studying for a PhD in 'Speculative Emblematics'. Her portfolio published in The White Review 22 is the winner of the White Review Poet's Prize 2017.

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