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ISBN: 978 1 903039 67 0
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections
Published: November 2003
216 x 135 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Up here in the library, where the sun -
Apollo's sun, mind - falls upon me
And will do, winter white and often fogspun,
Each morning when I enter to start work,
Pick a paintbrush, flick pigment through its mane.
from 'J.M.W. Turner: The Library'
Sasha Dugdale's first collection of poems takes its title from the notebook kept by the artist J.M.W. Turner, whose responses to the world are explored in seven of her poems. But the book is also a notebook of the poet's own experiences, of living and working in Russia, of relationships and identity. Best known as a translator of contemporary Russian drama, Dugdale writes with deep insight, finding beauty and humanity in bleakness and desperation. Her sympathies are for the outsider, the observer: the woman standing alone as a crowd surges around her, the waiting figures at a snowbound airport - the painter and the poet. Linking all the poems in the collection is Dugdale's belief in the creative power of the artist and the writer to both record and transform reality.
Awards won by Sasha Dugdale Winner, 2017 The Poetry Book Society Winter Choice Award (Joy) Winner, 2017 SOA Cholmondeley Award Winner, 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (for 'Joy') Winner, 2003 Eric Gregory Award
'...a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.'
Sean O'Brien, Times Literary Supplement 'Notebook is a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.'
Times Literary Supplement Praise for Sasha Dugdale 'Dugdale proves herself a powerful voice by writing about visual art, poetry, and history "in reverse".
Antony Huen, The Compass
'Joy... is a free-wheeling and beautifully sustained portrait of grief and the truths it can convey.'
Sarah Westcott, Artemis Poetry
'Dugdale's skill at form is directed at containing the uncontainable death and absence which allows us to handle them, like examining insects trapped in amber''These compelling stories of strange happenings in an almost imperceptibly strange style make your mind understand foreignness as our process. Sasha Dugdale is a wise bard and her book is a civilising read.'
Lisa Kelly, Magma Poetry Review 71
Claire Crowther in The Poetry Review
'The categories of age, empire and (particularly) gender are shown to set unjust limits on human flourishing, and on what histories can be told. Yet Dugdale emphasises that, when oppressed subjects are allowed to express themselves, their stories might still be of willed sacrifice and genuine happiness.'
'Sometimes you read a work that is so clearly deserving of the accolades it's received that it restores your faith in things. Sasha Dugdale's 'Joy' is such a work.'
The Poetry School
My favourite collection this year is Sasha Digdale's 'Red House' (Carcanet Oxford Poets). I like how she has infused her British sensibility with the passion and abandon of Russian poets like Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tssvetaeva, whom she has previously translated.
Kathryn Maris, Timeout Magazine Best of 2011
'The sensibility The Estate reveals is intelligent and wry - as well as highly original'
Fiona Sampson, Tower Poetry
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