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Rebecca Goss

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Books by this author: Girl Her Birth
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  • Rebecca Goss lives in Suffolk. Her first full-length collection, The Anatomy of Structures, was published in 2010 by Flambard Press. Her second collection Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2013, the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and the Portico Prize for Literature 2015. It won the poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards in 2013. In 2014, Rebecca was selected for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. Carousel, her collaboration with the photographer Chris Routledge, was published in 2018 by Guillemot Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and is currently studying for a PhD by Publication at the University of East Anglia. She is 2018/19 Creative Writing Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University.
     'Goss contiunes to mine distinctive terrain which makes the best of her poetry compelling... these poems are impressive for launching seams of intense emotion from so minimalist a source'
    Ellen Cranitch, The Poetry Review, Summer 2019
     'Rebecca Goss's poems have their own sure authority; they are never ostentatious or trendily experimental, and her voice rings out clear, promising always more to come'
    Patricia McCarthy, Agenda Ekphrastic Issue
    'This is a book about human bodies: freckles, fists, itches and that 'private reek'. Graphic, funny and tender, these poems jostle with bodies that swim, jog, fuck, medicate, spin on dodgems, grow up and grow ill. Rebecca Goss captures both the pleasure and the pain. Girl is a quivering, kicking reminder of what it is to be alive.'
    Clare Pollard
    'From the first poem about a mother struck by lightning, closely followed by the delicate, intimate and equally astonishing title poem, 'Girl' - the first of a series inspired by Alison Watt's paintings that are threaded throughout this collection - I was totally gripped. Rebecca Goss's voice is quietly passionate. Her forms are exquisitely crafted. Her themes, of human fragility and of our bodies' capacity for pleasure and pain, are universal.'
    Vicki Feaver
    'The people in these poems are split down the middle - by lightening, by the 'marquise cut' of birth, by love, and yet beauty flies from the breakage, something 'large, planetary'. These are poems of brave surrender to the accident of living, the constant somersault, and regardless of whether the change is huge or tiny - a thunderbolt or an unexpected freckle - it is always fundamental, always shattering, always a thrill.'
    Caroline Bird
    Awards won by Rebecca Goss Short-listed, 2019  The East Anglian Book (Poetry) Award (Girl) Winner, 2014 East Anglian Book Awards for Poetry (Her Birth) Short-listed, 2015 The Portico Prize for Literature (Her Birth) Short-listed, 2015 The Warwick Prize for Writing (Her Birth) Short-listed, 2013 The Forward Prize for Best Collection (Her Birth)
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