In this skilful, subtle and quietly disturbing debut collection, animal artefacts at the British Museum speak disquieting truths about life and loss. And at night, this unusual menagerie becomes a place of shadow, unease and open endings.
Louise Warren unearths the strange voices of objects and surprises with images that twist and change; her ‘house’ unsettles us – it is a skirt pulled down over her knees, a knot of hair, a fingernail – it is both the place and the person that appears at the foot of the bed, ‘tall and thin’ and menacing.
Louise Warren is a poet and playwright. Her poems have been published in Agenda, Envoi, Orbis, Stand, Poetry Wales, the New Writer and the Rialto. Her work also appeared in the Ver Poetry Prize Anthology 2008. Louise was the winner of the 2011 Cinnamon Press First Collection Prize. She lives in London.