Dress of Shadows
Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)
Dress of Shadows was a winner in the 2012 Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Simon Armitage.
"The sensibility which reveals itself in these poems, when combined with the intellect and the rigorous crafting, result in poetry which lingers in the reader's mind. Emma Danes' voice is one we are sure to hear more of and that is good news for poetry."
"Emma Danes’ poems are delicate and resonant. They take you to one side, whisper something about the world you wish you’d noticed before."
"Dress of Shadows is a particularly accurate and inviting title for this collection, the poems saying one thing, their meanings and inferences lying elsewhere, away from the limelight of the words and their actual subjects. Each poem reads as a worked, crafted and above all measured unit, conscious of the space it occupies on the blank page and the density of its language, tempting the reader to a focal length far beyond its surface. Striking, memorable, confiding and occasionally disturbing poetry penned with a dark ink."
"Emma Danes’ poems manage to be both sparse and rich. They operate as tight, imagistic devices for sharing emotional experience. This is a delightful debut, full of poems worth many rereadings."
Emma Danes has won the Hamish Canham Prize and the Poetry Society Stanza Poetry Competition. Her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt), Sylvia is Missing (Flarestack), Buzz (Templar), Magma, Poetry News, Poetry Wales, Smiths Knoll and The North. Emma won the Hamish Canham Prize (2011), and the Poetry Society Stanza Poetry Competition (2007), and was Showcase Poet in a 2013 edition of Magma. She lives in Ely.