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The Shared Surface

Authors: Jane Monson

Published by Cinnamon Press

ISBN: 9781907090950

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Jane Monson is one of the finest proponents of prose poetry the UK has to offer. Her first collection of prose poetry, Speaking Without Tongues, was a “sparkling, eye-opening debut” according to Helen Ivory (Cinnamon Press, 2010; ISBN 9781907090226); she also edited Cinnamon’s acclaimed anthology of contemporary British prose poetry, This Line is Not for Turning (2011; ISBN 9781907090516). The Shared Surface is her second full collection.

“There is a cumulative power in the poems, the sense of a story that seems to be unfolding although it is mostly folding back on itself. Poetry is a way of understanding the world in its psychological and linguistic complexity by moving between speech and song. That is what the book does.”
– George Szirtes

Jane Monson has been shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award, and commended by Poetry London and the New Writing Partnership. She lives in Cambridge.

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