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New Selected Poems
Edited by Rachel Mann
RRP: GBP 10.39
ISBN: 978 1 784109 07 3
Categories: 19th Century, Anglican, Bestsellers, British, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: March 2020
240 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
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 - as Valentine Cunningham recently declared - she now sits at top table with Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Barrett Browning. Feminist and queer scholars have since 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.
'Mann seeks to place Rossetti's entire corpus within the context of her "religious seriousness" and makes an illuminating connection between her faith and the intimations of confession in her poems. One certain achievement of her poetry is that it has preserved its mysteries and kept us wondering.'
James Antoniou, The Canberra Times
'New Selected Poems is an excellent primer to Rossetti's work and may as well be the definitive anthology as it contains her unpublished work, which of a high standard. It also gives us 21st century folk an insight to the more rebellious side of Victorian era mentality.'
Robert Pisani, The Bobosphere
Praise for 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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