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Zoë Skoulding

Portrait of Zoe Skoulding
Books by this author: A Marginal Sea
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  • Zoë Skoulding is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Bangor University. Her collections of poetry (published by Seren Books) include The Mirror Trade (2004); Remains of a Future City (2008), shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year; The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (2013), shortlisted for Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; and Footnotes to Water (2019), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and won the Wales Book of the Year Poetry Award 2020. In 2020 she also published The Celestial Set-Up (Oystercatcher) and A Revolutionary Calendar (Shearsman). Her first Carcanet collection, A Marginal Sea, was published in 2022.

    Her critical work includes two monographs, Contemporary Women’s Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Poetry & Listening: The Noise of Lyric (Liverpool University Press, 2020). She received the Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2018 for her body of work in poetry, and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

    Author photo by John Hollingsworth.

    'Zoë Skoulding's magisterial new book A Marginal Sea offers us a pentathlon of innovative forms in which we find expressionist typography, haibun, calendrical prognostications, a poignant soliloquy by the bird-haunted Odysseus, and striking passages of sheer lyric beauty:
    . . . All the same notes
    and suddenly it's a different song, the birds with
    open beaks and a music that would eat me whole.
    This is a book that makes you feel, as it lengthens your wingspan, glad to be alive.'

    Forrest Gander

     'Zoë Skoulding's poetry is meditative, a drawing aside of curtains to allow a scene to be discovered to the reader: it seems like an act of instant as if a light is suddenly turned brightly focused upon a moment. This is a poetry to go back to time and time again.'
    Ian Brinton, Tears in the Fence
    Awards won by Zoë Skoulding Short-listed, 2023 The Wales Poetry Book of the Year Award
    (A Marginal Sea)
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