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The Estate

Sasha Dugdale

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ISBN: 978 1 903039 80 9
Categories: 21st Century, Russian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2007
216 x 135 x 6 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • No one person could be this desired
    Across the gulf, could contain in their veins
    That quiet, or the nervous system of stones
    And seasons with the same small time.

    No thing could remain so finally other
    Though the birds move between, the clouds
    Pass over. Might have been Russia or even China
    Might have been pack ice, floating, floating
        
                                      from 'Island'
    Sasha Dugdale's poems explore the mysterious solitudes of individual lives with tender, unsparing lucidity. The book opens with a sequence written at the Pushkin family estate. The great Russian poet, setting out to St Petersburg, turns back when a hare runs in front of his horse: the superstitious act saves his life. Such chance or fated moments where paths cross are at the heart of the collection. A boy on a train, passing a gold chain through his fingers, sparks a buried childhood memory in a watching passenger; lovers reach out to touch in the dark; a dying soldier holds to the sight of house martins swooping over a pool. In fragmentary meetings, Dugdale finds a source hope and art.

    Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and playwright. She has published four collections of poetry with Carcanet, Notebook, The Estate, and Red House . In 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize. Between 2012 and 2017 she was editor of Modern Poetry in Translation . She is co-director of ... read more
    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
    'The sensibility The Estate reveals is intelligent and wry - as well as highly original'
    Fiona Sampson, Tower Poetry
    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'

    Lisa Kelly, Magma Poetry Review 71

    '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.'
    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.'
    Poetry London
       '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
    '...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
     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
    'Notebook is a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.'
    Times Literary Supplement
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