The Shipwrecked House
Published by Penned in the Margins
Reader's nomination for Guardian First Book Award 2013
Anchors, shipwrecks, whales and islands abound in this first collection by young Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien. Trévien’s is a surreal vision, steeped in myth and music, in which everything is alive and – like the sea itself – constantly shifting form. Fishermen become owls; a woman turns into a snake, while another gives birth to a tree; a glow-worm might become a wasp or ‘a toy on standby’.
Struck through with brilliant, sometimes sinister imagery reminiscent of Pan’s Labyrinth or an Angela Carter novel, The Shipwrecked House is a lyrical and hallucinatory debut from a poet featured in Salt’s Best British Poetry 2012.
Claire Trévien was born in Brittany. Her pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery was published by Salt in 2011. Her work also appears in the recent anthologies Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt, 2012) and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon, 2012). She is the editor of Sabotage Reviews and the co-organiser of Penning Perfumes, a creative collaboration between poets and perfumers, featured in the Guardian (June 2012) and the Financial Times (August 2012). She is currently in the fourth year of a PhD at Warwick University.