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So Many Rooms
RRP: GBP 7.99
ISBN: 978 1 784108 50 2
Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2019
72 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
Winner of the 2020 Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize
The Guardian's Poetry Book of the Month August 2019
So Many Rooms, the debut collection from Geoffrey Dearmer Prize-winning poet Laura Scott, moves with its own lyric strangeness, opening up different rooms and also different worlds.
Awards won by Laura Scott Winner, 2020 The Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize (So Many Rooms) Winner, 2015 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for What I Saw Winner, 2014 Michael Marks Prize for What I Saw
'Scott is subtle but persuasive... Throughout there's a mounting sense of a darker story below the opulent surface. Scott has the ability to make us see, and much to show us'
Emily Hasler, Poetry London
'So Many Rooms showcases not only the breadth of Scott's knowledge but also her ability to create a sense of space and intimacy'
'This quietly startling debut inhabits the least observed corners of life, and is affecting in mysterious and lasting ways.'
Carla Rose Manfredino, TLS
'There can be no doubt at all that this is an exceptional piece of work. Scott has the capacity to capture drama in a small number of words, neatly arranged. Her poetry, in this way, is the quintessence of poetry. Her clarity, concision and quiet ambiguity are yardsticks against which I find myself measuring other poets. Its confidence and its consistency both suggest a poet who has arrived. She offers a comprehensive vision. We are watching a poet composing at the height of her powers. It's not even September yet, but I suspect it might be my poetry book of the year.'
Joe Darlington, Manchester Review of Books
'I couldn't put it down and have kept returning to these poems, drawn in - and on - by their beauty and clarity. Her lyricism is like shot silk - it ripples with light.'
Kate Kellaway, The Guardian
'These are intimate poems, grounded, yet dreamlike, revealing the beauty, gravity and power at the core of the everyday. They're all the more compelling because it's as if the poems are allowed to make their own discoveries with the poet knowing exactly when to step back, and when and how to intervene.'
Moniza Alvi 'So Many Rooms is beguiling and lyrically persuasive. Scott's fine formal control and her mesmerising shifts of imagery underpin poems of sensual intelligence, thoughtfulness and poetic beauty.'
Sasha Dugdale 'So Many Rooms is not just a gathering of poems, but an intricate through-composed work in which images and stories are turned and refigured from page to page. These are short lyrics on big canvases - mythic, ambitious and richly engaging.'
Michael Symmons Roberts
'Concealing as much as they reveal, Laura Scott's eloquent fables combine acute attention to minutiae ('the creases in gloved fingers') with a beguiling sense of the world's unpredictability. These unerringly deft poems reveal what Marianne Moore once called the 'mystery of construction', bathing the everyday in a light both compassionate and uncanny. So Many Rooms is a startling debut collection from a formidably gifted young poet.'
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