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Growlery

Katherine Horrex

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ISBN: 978 1 784109 89 9
Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2020
216 x 135 x 6 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
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  • Growlery conjures a place haunted by flooded villages, broken ankles, ovarian health and factories. It dwells on a world of civic tensions, in the twilit zone between city and country, the human and the natural. Here, Brexit is a city with streets 'worn into themselves like grafted skin', corpse flowers bloom in America, and urban foundations crumble into cisterns.

    Horrex - whose poems found an enthusiastic readership via Carcanet's New Poetries series - unpicks the illusion that order upholds society and reveals the true ramshackle complexion of things. Her debut collection reimagines the 'growlery' of Dickens' Bleak House by looking at the concept of internal space in a twenty-first century which is both connected and disjointed.
    Katherine Horrex has worked as a processing clerk in a bank, a mail sorter, a book reviewer, an assistant editor, and a proof reader of forms filled out by mystery shoppers. She now runs a small business making and selling ceramics, online and at markets. Her poems have appeared in PN ... read more
     'Horrex has an imagination that's both wayward and precise, matched by the way she uses words: every line feels unpredictable yet somehow inevitable. None of her poems sound like anyone else's: things open up when she writes about them. This is more than a matter of skill - it's about the rigour with which this poet sees her feelings and her ideas through into language.'
    Patrick McGuinness
    'A remarkably self-assured first collection, enjoying all the usual Carcanet virtues of precision, subtlety and understatement'
    Andy Croft, The Morning Star
     'One of the most striking characteristics of Katherine Horrex's poems is the eccentric angle from which their carefully calibrated observations are made: cinematic both in their intimacies and in their occasionally disorienting, zoomed-out distances. She has a visual artist's alert eye for the material detritus of contemporary life and a hand deft enough not to force the inevitable political and environmental conclusions down her readers'€™ throats. The subjects of her poems (inter alia, a millennial'€™s experience of suburban desertification; Chinese sculpture; the post-industrial landscapes of the north of England; a gynaecological scan; Brexit) may be startlingly contemporary but she approaches them the way an anthropologist of the future might, with the same hallucinatory descriptive clarity and eerie estrangement. If, as Pound asserted, poetry is 'news that stays news'€ then Katherine Horrex's is unmistakeably the voice of now: uneasy, ironic, apocalyptic.'
    Caitriona O'Reilly
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