Author: Berry, Emily, Binding: Paperback, Imprint: Faber & Faber, Series: N/A, Publisher: FABER & FABER , Published: 02/02/2017, Pagination: 72 pages, Classification: Literature & literary studies, Country of Publication: United Kingdom
'In this second collection from Emily Berry, the poems criss-cross the loss of the poet’s mother. Each poem is a pass, an attempt to reframe and refigure grief in a way that might unknot.
Freud provides the epigraph, and is never far from the page. But this conversation provides the voice with a sparring partner, a distance which lets in some lightness, and a constellation of dream elements/elemental dreams, around which to wrap experience. I find myself coming back to these poems over and over. They are piercing, moving and funny in a way that makes you gulp. Definitely one of my highlights of the year so far!'
The powerful new collection from award-winning poet, Emily Berry.
Emily Berry’s Dear Boy was described as a ‘blazing debut’, winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2013. Stranger, Baby, its follow-up, is marked by the same sense of fantasy and play, estrangement and edgy humour for which she has become known. But these poems delve deeper again, in their off-kilter and often painful encounter with childhood loss. This is a book of mourning, recrimination, exhilaration and ‘oceanic feeling’: 'A meditation on a want that can never be answered.'