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A Kingdom of Love
RRP: GBP 7.99
ISBN: 978 1 784108 58 8
Categories: 21st Century, Anglican, British, First Collections, Language, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: September 2019
72 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
A Kingdom of Love is a lyrical interrogation of the place of the sacred and profane in a demythologised world from poet and Anglican parish priest, Rachel Mann.
'Mann's wrestling with ideas of language and religion is ambitious and richly complex... there's a wonderful energy and tangibility.'
Patrick James Errington, Poetry London
'A surprising talent alive and flourishing in our secular world.'
William Bedford, Agenda
'A passionate examination in short lyrics, of some of life's big questions on death, faith, doubt and, of course, love.'
Lizzie Husum, Dundee University Review of the Arts
'These are poems of hard-working faith: tense and taut, perceptive, and humbly vulnerable.'
Martyn Halsall, Church Times
'This book has a great deal to offer those who don't believe in a god; strength, connection, the time taken to slow down and reflect on how we relate to others, and how we can continue to move forward on both difficult days and joyous ones... These are poems to sit with, to linger over.'
'This collection by Anglican priest and poet Rachel Mann is richly lyrical and textured ... These poems are certainly food for thought, but they neither pontificate nor patronise ... wry and poignant and reflective by turns'
Sarah Law, Stride magazine: 'Liturgy, Litany and Lyric'
'A Kingdom of Love is a stirring set of poems, vibrant, gentle, yet at times has the ability to make the reader aware of their surroundings, a mild shaking of sorts'
'This is a beautiful, incantatory free verse that sparkles with alliteration and allusions'
'A Kingdom of Love is a hard-won book of wonders. Poem after poem works at the edge of what language can describe or explore - the nature of belief, the presence and absence of God, the rituals and reality of death, suffering and above all, love. It is a mesmerising debut.'
Michael Symmons Roberts
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