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New Selected Poems
Edited by Rachel Mann
ISBN: 978 1 784109 06 6
Categories: 19th Century, Anglican, Bestsellers, British, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: March 2020
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Since C.H. Sisson’s ground-breaking Selected Poems (Carcanet, 1984), Christina Rossetti’s readership has burgeoned. Almost a century ago Ford Madox Ford claimed her as ‘the most valuable poet that the Victorian age produced’, and – Valentine Cunningham recently declared – she now sits at top table with Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Barrett Browning. It is no longer necessary to read her merely as a pale Pre-Raphaelite: her originality, her prosody, her themes are all her own. This new Selected Poems builds on Sisson’s work, refusing to confine Rossetti’s technical and allusive brilliance to any one moment or tradition. Feminist and queer scholars have laid claim to Rossetti; but her Anglo-Catholic faith was never incidental to the power of even her most secular poems and is at the heart of her imaginative work. As an Anglican priest and poet, Rachel Mann in her selection appreciates Rossetti’s ambition while attending, too, to recent scholarship that focuses on the religious, feminist and fantastical elements in her work.
Praise for Rachel Mann '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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