Vertigo & Ghost

Author:   Fiona Benson
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
ISBN:  

9781787330818


Pages:   112
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Vertigo & Ghost


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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 FORWARD PRIZE* Violence hangs over this book like an electric storm. Beginning with a poem about the teenage dawning of sexuality, Vertigo & Ghost pitches quickly into a long sequence of graphic, stunning pieces about Zeus as a serial rapist, for whom woman are prey and sex is weaponised. These are frank, brilliant, devastating poems of vulnerability and rage, and as Zeus is confronted with aggressions both personal and historical, his house comes crumbling down. A disturbing contemporary world is exposed, in which violent acts against women continue to be perpetrated on a daily - hourly - basis. The book shifts, in its second half, to an intimate and lyrical document of depression and family life. It sounds out the complex and ambivalent terrain of early motherhood - its anxieties and claustrophobias as well as its gifts of tenderness and love - reclaiming the sanctuary of domestic private life, and the right to raise children in peace and safety. Vertigo & Ghost is an important, necessary book, hugely impressive in its range and risk, and dramatic in its currency- a collection that speaks out with clarity, grace and bravery against the abuse of power.

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Author:   Fiona Benson
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Jonathan Cape Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 13.10cm , Height: 0.90cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.129kg
ISBN:  

9781787330818


ISBN 10:   1787330818
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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Vertigo & Ghost knocked the breath from me. Such furious, fierce, ecstatic poems, at once brutal and heartachingly tender; I lay awake at night unable to stop thinking about them. Mothers and children, girls and women, their vulnerabilities and sorrows, fears amidst grave danger, their beautiful animal selves. Against a frightening darkness, these sore jewels radiate wild white-heat. -- Liz Berry Though this is only her second collection, it's already clear that Fiona Benson is an exceptional and exceptionally gifted poet. She has a fine ear and a sure hand. Her poems engage with what in our inner lives is most crucial and most at risk. There are poems in this book that scour the skin and must be read. -- David Harsent


Vertigo & Ghost explodes into furious life with a series of poems and fragments about the Greek god Zeus... jagged, staccato poems that shoot down the pages like lightning bolts... an addictive, thrilling, sickening experience. -- John Self * Guardian * Vertigo & Ghost knocked the breath from me. Such furious, fierce, ecstatic poems, at once brutal and heartachingly tender; I lay awake at night unable to stop thinking about them. Mothers and children, girls and women, their vulnerabilities and sorrows, fears amidst grave danger, their beautiful animal selves. Against a frightening darkness, these sore jewels radiate wild white-heat. -- Liz Berry Though this is only her second collection, it's already clear that Fiona Benson is an exceptional and exceptionally gifted poet. She has a fine ear and a sure hand. Her poems engage with what in our inner lives is most crucial and most at risk. There are poems in this book that scour the skin and must be read. -- David Harsent


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Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. She lives in Mid Devon with her husband and their two daughters. Her first collection, Bright Travellers, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It won the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.

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