2012 Forward Prize Bundle for £20
Three collections all shortlisted for the Forward Prize for only £20 (RRP £26.97).
Our selection from the 2012 Forward Prize shortlist: one book for Best Collection, and two for Best First Collection - the perfect way to discover the best new poetry of the year.
Buy the bundle this August and save 22%.
The bundle includes:
White Sheets by Beverley Bie Brahic - Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2012
Clueless Dogs by Rhian Edwards - Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012
The Twelve Foot Neon Woman by Loretta Collins Klobah - Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012
About White Sheets:
In Paris, night falls without haste; starlings
flock to the oak. A neighbour appears on her porch,
gives her white cloth
a conjuror’s shake...
Brimming with light, wit and appetite, White Sheets is a book of clear-sighted affection for nature, art and the body, flying in the face of life’s grief and love’s hard obligations.
“These poems... move easily from urban pastorals to domestic portraits, never losing their balance, always commanding their narratives. This is a book of craft, music and a collected vision of life that provides pleasure on every page.”
“I doubt whether we will see a more sensuous book, with as much control as this, for a good while.”
George Szirtes on Against Gravity
Beverley Bie Brahic is a poet and translator. A Canadian, she lives in Paris and Stanford, California. Her previous collection, Against Gravity, was published by Worple Press in 2005. Her translation of selected poems by Francis Ponge, Unfinished Ode to Mud (CB Editions, 2008), was shortlisted for the 2009 Popescu Prize for European poetry in translation. Her translation of Apollinaire’s The Little Auto was published by CB Editions in February 2012.
About Clueless Dogs
The poems in this collection recall imaginative escapes from a fraught childhood in Bridgend, through chronicles of teenage lust and student rivalries, to the damaged peers and tense situations of adult life. Full of verve, humour and spiky syntax, her work has a winning, unflinching honesty and intensity that have quickly garnered many admirers.
“Supremely crafted... inhabited by something far rarer, an unerring ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”
“Rhian Edwards makes the language sing and dance. Join her campaign for the liberation of poetry from all that is dry, stuffy, insincere and boring…”
“[An] astounding Welsh poet with performances that get you in the emotional gut…”
Ian McMillan on BBC Radio 3
Born in Bridgend, Rhian Edwards is a poet and singer-songwriter. Her pamphlet Parade the Fib (Tall Lighthouse, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Her poems have appeared in the TLS, Poetry Review, the Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales and the London Magazine. She has performed in over 300 stage, radio and festival performances worldwide, including at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ledbury and Latitude Festivals, and recently won the 2011 John Tripp Spoken Poetry Award. Her poems have also been exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
About The Twelve Foot Neon Woman
Loretta Collins Klobah sends us a twelve-foot woman with red neon surging through her veins, who boldly and gracefully takes on the challenges of urban life. Keen observer and witness, our warner woman turns her electric gaze to the everyday world and its extraordinary people. Against a soundtrack of world music, from salsa to reggae to jazz, and in a vibrant blend of English, Spanish and patois, she delivers by turns tender and incendiary hymns of homage to the Caribbean, American and British metropolis. Splendid, though endangered, nature and the spirit-world pervade the city, offering green-hearted hope for the future.
Loretta Collins Klobah lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she is a Professor of Caribbean Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Puerto Rico. She was one of eight poets featured in the anthology New Caribbean Poetry, edited by Kei Miller (Carcanet, 2007), and her poetry was also anthologised in the 1996 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her poetry and scholarly essays have been published widely in the Caribbean, the UK and the US.