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Trouble Came to the Turnip

Caroline Bird

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ISBN: 978 1 857548 87 7
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2006
216 x 135 x 10 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • When trouble came to the village
    I put my love in the cabbage-cart
    and we rode wrapped in cabbage
    to the capital.

    from 'Trouble Came to the Turnip'

    Following Looking Through Letterboxes, her first collection (2002), Caroline Bird was acclaimed as a vivid and precocious new talent. Trouble Came to the Turnip confirms her originality as she strikes out again in new directions, taking nothing for granted. Her poems are ferociously vital, fantastical, sometimes violent, almost always savagely humorous and self-mocking. Caroline Bird's world is inhabited by failed and (less often) successful relationships, by the dizzying crisis of early adulthood, by leprechauns and spells and Miss Pringle's seven lovely daughters waiting to spring out of a cardboard cake. And the turnip.
    Contents:

    Trouble Came to the Turnip
    Virgin
    The Money
    The World is not Made for Frogs
    Our Lollipop Lady
    This Time Last Week
    An Opera in One Act
    Put Your Earmuffs on Your Eyes
    Love Has Arrived
    Shiny Bin
    The Softness of the Morning
    Relationship Dolls
    Wednesday
    The Leprechaun Thinks It Matters
    A Gentlewoman’s Pornography
    Good Friday Outside Barcelona Cathedral
    My Love Made Me a Hat
    Sugar Pot Shakedown
    Shortfall of Water
    Pumpkins
    Board-Rubber Dust
    Let the People Starve
    Banana Milk
    My Lovely Legless Acrobat
    Mermaids in My Coffee
    Mono
    The Choirboy Brothers
    The Fairy Is Bored with Her Garden
    Sunday
    Chant and be Happy
    Christmas Poem
    Talent to Talent
    The Plague
    Mope
    The Lady with the Lamp
    Distant Dog
    And a Touch of Dried Peppermint
    Moving on a Midnight Train
    Let’s Write Another Poem
    Blue Water
    Clog
    It Will Come to Pass
    Not Like This
    Child Bride
    War Poem
    Old Friends
    Facial
    Concert Tour
    A Seasonal Surprise for Miss Pringle
    Meat
    This Bar Is Full of Octopuses
    Presents
    The Mistress of the House
    Not a Raindrop
    Mary-Jane
    Extracts from an Archive Recently Discovered in a School Wastepaper Bin
    It’s True
    Then
    Full House
    Where is all the Mist?
    Ode to a Cubicle
    I Fell in Love with a Crooner
    City Bed
    Chaining Bikes To This Girl Is Strictly Prohibited
    A Bewitchment to Revive a Lustreless Relationship.
    Remains
    You Had a Latin Lesson
    All Things Yellow
    A Sunny Day on Earth
    Ahhhhhhh
    Credits
    Bathtub Spider
    Bread
    Caroline Bird is an award-winning poet. Her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. Her second collection, Trouble Came to the Turnip, was published in September 2006 to critical acclaim. Watering Can (2009) achieved a ‘Poetry Book Society Recommendation’ and her fourth collection, The Hat-Stand ... read more
    Awards won by Caroline Bird Short-listed, 2017 The Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry (In These Days of Prohibition) Short-listed, 2017 The T.S. Eliot Prize  (In These Days of Prohibition) Commended, 2004 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize Winner, 2000 Simon Elvin Young Poet of the Year Award Winner, 1999 Simon Elvin Young Poet of the Year Award Winner, 2002 Eric Gregory Award Winner, 2004 Peterloo Poets Competition (16-19 year-olds) Winner, 2003 Peterloo Poets Competition (16-19 year-olds) Winner, 2002 Peterloo Poets Competition (16-19 year-olds) Short-listed, 2001 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize Short-listed, 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers
    Praise for Caroline Bird 'Caroline Bird's is an unquestionably vigorous and original voice'
    Suzannah V. Evans, The TLS

    'Bird is a master of bleak humour interlaced with wry social commentary.'
    Poetry London


    'Caroline Bird's In These Days of Prohibition is equally pleasurable and disturbing, because it understands the genuinely strange ground on which we must build our thoughts and our emotions. In work of great and frequently comic poise it captures moments of absolute loss of control, and absolute freedom. We recognise that sustained unsettling comic virtuosity is the startling agent by which we engage with such loss, such freedom.'
    - W.N Herbert (Chair of the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize Judging Panel)
    'Achieves serious funniness by filtering mental illness and addiction through the prism of pop-surrealism.'
    Jeremy Noel-Tod, The Sunday Times


    'Since she published her debut aged 15 in 2002, Bird's witty writing has been wrongly dismissed in some quarters as lightweight. This brave eighth collection (a slant account of her year in rehab) proves those critics wrong from its first page.'
    Tristram Fane Saunders, The Daily Telegraph


    'The poems in this, Bird's fifth collection, explode on the page, bristling with a vision of sanity within madness, order within chaos. She has the ability to describe a tortured soul in a twenty-first century manner, bringing humour, contemporary idiom and irony into the work.'
    Dundee University Review of the Arts


    'The poems of In These Days of Prohibition are disquieting: institutionalised, hedonistic, vacuous and nihilistic. The collection takes a hard look at contemporary society but is, ultimately, uplifting. If Brett Easton Ellis wrote poems, I'€™d like to think they'€™d be poems like these.'
    John Field on the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize shorlist newsletter


    'Her poems burst with linguistic energy.'
    Stephen Knight, Times Literary Supplement
    'An astonishingly assured piece of work.'
    Ruth Padel, Financial Times
      'What an original captivating and spellbinding voice. Bird is fearless like 'the girl who dropped her ice-cream down a volcano and leaped in after it'. She’s dangerous and witty too with a rare quality of imagination. This is a wonder, a beautifully written book of poems.'
    Lemn Sissay
    'A carnival of characters spills out of these poems, chased by paparazzi, doing somersaults and cartwheels with language... Caroline Bird puts us on the inside looking deeper in, under the glittering skin to the place where laughter begins, where mothers are children, where people feel pain and speak in tongues, where tongues are knives and "Someone still has to stay here and die".'
    Imtiaz Dharker
    'Caroline Bird has always written wise, bitterly funny and intellectually bracing poems.What has developed over the course of four collections is a voice heartbreaking in vision while simultaneously consoling in its constant and inspired invention.'
    Luke Kennard
    'Bird is irrepressible; she simply explodes with poetry. The work erupts, spring-loaded, funny, sad, deadly - you don't know if a bullet will come out of the barrel or a flag with the word BANG on it.'
    Simon Armitage
    'Her poems burst with linguistic energy, and the book is profligate with striking lines and images.'
    Times Literary Supplement
    'The tone fuses knowing innocence and integrity; some poems are faux naif with a ballad lilt, others are sad, funny surreal; all are studded with fresh imaginative insights.'
    Ruth Padel, Financial Times
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