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Charismatic Megafauna

Authors: Tamsin Kendrick

Published by Penned in the Margins

ISBN: 9780955384653

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Highly Commended by The Forward Prize 2010

The sacred, the profane and the prophetic come together in this stylish debut collection of poetry by Tamsin Kendrick.

In Charismatic Megafauna Kendrick ponders the romantic potential of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, liberates Mr Tumnus from his snow-bound Narnia, composes urgent communiqués from a post-apocalyptic city, and documents the struggle to find love. Kendrick’s unique poetry is characterised by vivid, surreal imagery, brimming with references to myth, legend and pop culture, and underpinned by a genuine, if fraught, search for the divine.

“What to do but applaud the invocation of both WW1 poet Wilfred Owen and the Pussycat Dolls?”
Anna Woodford, Mslexia

“Tamsin Kendrick explores the terrains of love and faith with unflinching directness and refreshing honesty.”
Niall O’Sullivan

Tamsin Kendrick graduated in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University in 2004. She has performed as a poet internationally in Ireland, New Zealand and New York, as well as at numerous UK spoken word cabarets including Shortfuse’s Poetry Idol, Latitude Festival, New Blood, Heartbeats (Liverpool), Voice & Verse (Galway), The Cellar, Brick Lane Festival, Elephest, Fruitstock and Dodo Modern Poets. Her poetry has been published in Tears in the Fence, The Wolf, The Delinquent, The Fix and Rising. She works as an editor and writer in South London.
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