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House of Tongues

House of Tongues

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Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and the latest collection from one of the Poetry Book Society’s original New Generation Poets.

House of Tongues is concerned with acceptance and refusal, power and incapacity. These poems are full of the sadness and exhilaration of leaving – of saying an often ambivalent goodbye to people and places, a job, friends lost through illness – and of the precarious process of setting out again.

"A poet of deceptive power, who can transmute everyday objects and events into poems with an understated numinous edge."
Kathleen Jamie, Poetry Book Society Bulletin

"A fine poet, with an eye for detail and a gift for conveying the earthiness of everyday experience."
Jo Shapcott, The Independent on Sunday

"Few poets writing today go into [family ties and sorrows] in so detailed and tender a way. Or so frighteningly."
Alan Brownjohn, The Sunday Times

Susan Wicks has published two other books of poetry with Bloodaxe: De-iced (2007), and Night Toad: New & Selected Poems (2003), which included a new collection with selections from three earlier books published by Faber; Singing Underwater, winner of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize; Open Diagnosis, one of the Poetry Society’s New Generation Poets titles; and The Clever Daughter, a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for both T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Her translation of Valérie Rouzeau’s Cold Spring in Winter (Arc, 2009) was shortlisted for the 2010 International Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Tunbridge Wells, and teaches at Goldsmiths’ College, London.