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Stav Poleg

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Books by this author: The City
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  • Stav Poleg's poetry has appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review and elsewhere. A selection of her work is featured in New Poetries VIII (Carcanet, 2021). Her graphic-novel installation, “Dear Penelope: Variations on an August Morning,” created with artist Laura Gressani, was acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Her theatre work was read at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and the Shunt Vaults, London, and most recently at Kettle’s Yard gallery, Cambridge. She serves on the editorial board of Magma Poetry magazine and teaches for the Poetry School on a range of subjects including poetry inspired by the Divine Comedy, the Odyssey and the cinema of Fellini. She lives in Cambridge, UK.
      'The City by Stav Poleg is an ambitious collection full of atmosphere, cosmopolitan sophistication and formal challenge. These cinematic poems are restless and questing - and not a little romantic - in their exploration of cities and art itself. This is a dense, self-infolded, endlessly ramifying collection of poems that display an acute sensibility for the "city's aesthetics", the city "expanding / from one page to another."

    2023 Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize Judges' Comments


    'The City is a work of surreal and fantastical reach...we acclimatise to the strangeness of the setting, and enjoy the imagination at work.'

    Sylvia Secci, Poetry London

    '...Like the best cities, it's exhilarating: candid, paced, ever-changing and utterly captivating' 

    Maria Crawford, Financial Times 

    'The poems often feel like a high-wire act, careening through intricate scenery in a tone by turns playful and lonely. Poleg delights in language as creative material'

    Heather Green, Poetry Foundation

    Awards won by Stav Poleg Short-listed, 2023 The Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize
    (The City)
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