The Shared Surface
Published by Cinnamon Press
Jane Monson is one of the finest proponents of prose poetry the UK has to offer. Her first collection of prose poetry, Speaking Without Tongues, was a “sparkling, eye-opening debut” according to Helen Ivory (Cinnamon Press, 2010; ISBN 9781907090226); she also edited Cinnamon’s acclaimed anthology of contemporary British prose poetry, This Line is Not for Turning (2011; ISBN 9781907090516). The Shared Surface is her second full collection.
“There is a cumulative power in the poems, the sense of a story that seems to be unfolding although it is mostly folding back on itself. Poetry is a way of understanding the world in its psychological and linguistic complexity by moving between speech and song. That is what the book does.”
– George Szirtes
Jane Monson has been shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award, and commended by Poetry London and the New Writing Partnership. She lives in Cambridge.