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The Long Beds

Kate Miller

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Categories: 21st Century, British, Memoirs, War writings, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • A Poetry Book Society Autumn 2020 Recommendation

    The Long Beds explores the cell-like containment of the small hours when the body has no estate but its bed, while - waking or dreaming - the mind sets out on its travels, often in the realms of an old life, cherished items or relinquished connections. Central to the poems' imagery is the presence of a bedstead that has survived a bombing raid, protecting only what was bundled underneath it. In painterly language Kate Miller also trains her eye and ear outwards on grand, impersonal scenes: London at dawn, riverbanks and docks, the corridors of a great hospital: to uncover fogged experience and restore colour to memory. Her poems prod us awake at first light and release us into the morning.
    Kate Miller is an award-winning poet, recipient of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008. Her book The Observances (2015) was shortlisted for the Costa and Michael Murphy Prizes and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection. Trained in Art History and Fine Art, her teaching career was ... read more
    Awards won by Kate Miller Commended, 2020 A Poetry Book Society Autumn Recommendation (The Long Beds) Short-listed, 2017 Michael Murphy Poetry Prize (The Observances) Short-listed, 2015 Costa Book Awards (The Observances) Winner, 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection (The Observances)
    'The Long Beds is a sensuous study of light and optics which showcases Miller's ability to imbue even the shortest of verses with a cross disciplinary visual aesthetic.'

    Sarah-Jean Zubair, Poetry Review

    'Beneath the surface of even the seemingly safest of poems, there is something lurking, almost as in old folk tales, a danger or a disquiet which is never far away [...] collection. It's a collection which is always shifting its voice, its gaze, its locations. Almost like a riptide, the sleeping and waking worlds pulling in different directions, these are the poems which come in between, which rise up to the surface.'

    Andrew McMillian, PBS Autumn Bulletin

    Praise for Kate Miller 'In collaboration with the waves'
    The Observer
    'An ambitious and unusual debut.'
    Judges for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection  
    'The quiet but intense sensibility of the author is integral to her poetic endeavour.'
    Dr Leontia Flynn, Chair of Judges for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection
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