Winner of the inaugural Jane Martin Prize for Poetry.
Love / All That / & OK, an anti-confessional by experimental British poet Emily Critchley, brings together a diverse range of work previously published in chapbooks since 2004, and includes new material from the sequences 'Poems for Luke', 'The Sonnets' and 'Poems for Other People'.
"Her formally adventurous poetry implicates its author in, then deftly upends, the conventions - political, sexual, intellectual, and emotional - that threaten to diminish the purview of any fierce, bright, 21st-century female. Critchley practises a brisk vernacular anti-lyric, often in the name of love and always in a language that (pounding Pound) 'hath 'ham' innit.' As an antidote to a future that 'may be very wrong,' these poems are absolutely right."
"The project is high electrics and considerable. I particularly care for the frailty and edges of coherence loss. It's the intelligent frays that push under my thought and matter most."
"Really intelligent, coquette, fuck-you work... a space for a new kind of anti-misogynism in poetry."
Emily Critchley was born in Athens in 1980 and studied at the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Cambridge. In 2006 she organised the first experimental women’s poetry festival at Cambridge University and in 2010 she curated the London Cross-Genre Festival at the University of Greenwich, where she currently lectures in English and Creative Writing.