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Isabel Galleymore

Isabel Galleymore
Books by this author: Significant Other
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  • 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.
    'Isabel Galleymore's Significant Other cuts incisively and deliciously against several fashionable poetic grains in being committed yet dispassionate, quietly concise not shrill, impersonal rather than nakedly biographical.'

    Martyn Crucefix

       'Isabel Gallyemore's debut collection, Significant Other is a vividly detailed poetic chronicle of some of the world's most fascinating species. Underpinned by the desire to discover new ways of describing the natural world, these poems carry the painstaking attention to detail of dressmaking, both in the economic precision of their metrics and their manipulation of material. Galleymore forages with wide-eyed fascination in search of new poetic ground.'
    Jade Cuttle, Poetry School
      'Attentive to the natural world through imagistic lyrics these abundant poems recall the work of Jen Hadfireld and Alice Osward, but Galleymore can also be distinctive'
    Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian
     'A briliant enacting of out failure to be properly alarmed about our impending heat-death, screaming without ever raising a voice'
    Declan Ryan, The Poetry Review, Summer 2019
    'Galleymore never misplaces a word; the concision and dense packing of these short journeys yield bursts of insight which transcend meaning... Her images are fecund, metaphor-rich affirmations of teeming oceans where brutal evolutionary imperatives occur unnoticed, except to the poet's forensic eye.'

    'Galleymore's eye for detail, and for identifying the best means of describing detail persuasively, is stupendouslty effective...Her skill is both intuitive and revelatory.'
    Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times
      'These small, hard, shining poems are as perfectly self-contained as the molluscs they describe. Significant Other may seem a slight book at first, but - like a rock pool - look closely and you'll find a whole world.'
    Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph's Poetry Book of the Month, March 2019
    'The love poem's conventions are defined by the exclusive passions between a lover and a beloved. But for Galleymore the beloved is so many of the things in the world, the 'eight million differently constructed hearts' which includes the squid's, the snake's, also the limpet's. And so she writes a new sort of love poem, one of inclusion, and hope.'
    Juliana Spahr
    'Galleymore evokes an abundance of 'other' worlds in these beautiful poems through a combination of simplicity, empathy and sheer Blakean joy.'
    Rachael Boast
    Awards won by Isabel Galleymore Short-listed, 2019 The Forward (Felix Dennis) Prize for Best First Collection (Significant Other)
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