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Red House

Sasha Dugdale

Red House by Sasha Dugdale
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Categories: Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Late June the ghosts of shepherds meet on the hills
    And one has his crook with its musket barrel hook
    One carries a Bible, and all wear the smock
    And listen out for the little bells and canister bells
    Worn by the sheep and the big cattle, carried by the wind
    Which shapes the hawthorn into mermaid's hair and open book.

    from 'Shepherds'
    In Red House, her third collection, Sasha Dugdale evokes the ghosts and presences that flit about on the margins of our lives. She finds them at the edge of towns where superstores and allotments blur an older landscape, in Europe where emigrants leave their gods, their neighbours, their memories 'jettisoned like old clothes'; and across the chalk Downs of her native Sussex. She traces the shapes that they leave through folk song, lament and lyric poetry.

    Haunted by history, confronted by primal brutalities, the poems in Red House proclaim the fierce, bright authenticity that is 'all the proof we need that we're alive'.







    Contents


    Maldon
    Red House
    ‘Perhaps Akhmatova was right’
    Ten Moons
    The Poetry of Earth
    Michael Blann
    A Ballad without Rhyme
    Dawn Chorus
    Fish’s Dream
    ‘Lifting the bedcovers and there’
    Out of Town
    Amazing Grace
    Plainer Sailing (Alzheimer’s)
    ‘I can only be who I am’
    Moor
    Prince’s
    Doggy Life
    On Beauty
    Asylum
    Song of the Seagull
    Shepherds
    All Souls’
    Annunciation
    The Alphabet of Emigration
    Agora
    Sweet Companions
    Laughter
    Wolstonbury
    ‘Late winter, like the tide retreating’
    Blessing
    Sasha Dugdale has published six collections with Carcanet. The Strongbox is her most recent book (May, 2024). Her fifth collection Deformations was shortlisted for the 2020 T. S. Eliot Prize and Derek Walcott Prize. Joy (2017) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and the title poem was awarded the Forward Prize ... read more
    Awards won by Sasha Dugdale Short-listed, 2021 The Derek Walcott Poetry Prize
    (Deformations)
    Short-listed, 2020 T.S. Eliot Prize (Deformations) 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
     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
    Praise for Sasha Dugdale 'Such philosophical questions can only be asked sparingly. Another poet might have tried to unify the disparate parts of this collection by deploying more of them, but it's good that Dugdale didn't. There can only be a few echoes before a poem becomes lost in its own reverberating cave. It's this restraint and carefulness that makes Dugdale's work as strong as its title.'

    Lucy Thynne, The Telegraph

    'It is simultaneously a cry of distress for the modern world and a cool-headed contemplation of what it is in us that leads us to the dark places... it is an immensely rich poetic world which, when you enter, you find is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. You, reader, must discover; you must curate.'

    Chris Edgoose, Wood Bee Poet

    'An ambitious and soliloquising work... By setting the Trojan War in the 21st century, exploring the dynamics of political power during a siege, and dramatising connections with strangers on foreign land, Dugdale weaves in strands of contemporary concern about neocolonialism and the refugee crisis.'

    Isabelle Baafi, Magma

    'The brutality and the beauty are left to stand in uncomfortable juxtaposition in poems which repeatedly situate themselves in scenes of ambiguous feeling... This is the poetry of "endless small tracks", richly attuned to balance alternative perspectives and reconcile contrarious trajectories in its tiniest details'

    Joseph Turner, Oxford Review of Books

    'Dugdale is the real thing.' 

    Tristram Fane Saunders, Telegraph  

     'Deformations has the ability to change the landscape of how we talk about abuse and trauma'

    Rachel Long, Observer Books of the Year 2020

    'With it's spare, muscular language, Deformations views our distorting predilection for myth-making with no nonsense clarity' 

    John Field, T.S. Eliot Prize 
    'This is sly, subtle, elliptical work, entrapping both subject and reader in something queasily human [...] It's the sign of a poet utterly in control of her gifts. This may seem a strange thing to say about a book so filled with unreliable narrators, but in Deformations Dugdale proves hers is a voice you can trust.'

    Tristram Fane Saunder, The Telegraph, where Deformations was Poetry Book of the Month (September 2020)

    'This is writing that flows with many voices, with uncompromising acts of ethical energy, with writing that turns on itself and offers up for display its own protocols, gifts and virtù with astonishing and intricate candour and difficulty, and yet communicated in this tour de force plainstyle that judges its signifying powers to represent at the same time as breaking through, by way of its very deformation of tradition and assumption, to a moving communicableness of shared witness'

    Adam Piette, Blackbox Manifold

    '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
    'The sensibility The Estate reveals is intelligent and wry - as well as highly original'
    Fiona Sampson, Tower Poetry
    '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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