Kingdomland

Kingdomland

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ISBN
9780571341115
Published
17/01/2019
9780571341115
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
80

About the Book

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY CHOICE

Kingdomland is the debut poetry collection of Rachael Allen – a writer of rare vision and flair. The world she creates is suffused with surreal images and uncanny incidents. Unexplained violences and strange metamorphoses take shape in the ‘glowering dusk’. And yet, all too clearly, we recognise life here on earth, its everyday griefs, dysfunctions and injustices. Where distinctions between murder and bloodletting, corruption and consumption are blurred. Where a pet tarantula or mimic octopus might find itself beside glands and processed meats. Landscapes shift and identities dissolve: ‘the red bricks of the day’ exist ‘in a woman’s chest’, a human presence is ‘embedded in the walls’. All appears changed, but familiar.

Intercut with oblique verse fragments and a series of linked sequences, Allen blends elements of fiction and ekphrasis to create a haunting and unforgettable debut.

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY CHOICE Kingdomland is the debut poetry collection of Rachael Allen – a writer of rare vision and flair. The world she creates is suffused with surreal images and uncanny incidents. Unexplained violences and strange metamorphoses take shape in the ‘glowering dusk’. And yet, all too clearly, we recognise life here on earth, its everyday griefs, dysfunctions and injustices. Where distinctions between murder and bloodletting, corruption and consumption are blurred. Where a pet tarantula or mimic octopus might find itself beside glands and processed meats. Landscapes shift and identities dissolve: ‘the red bricks of the day’ exist ‘in a woman’s chest’, a human presence is ‘embedded in the walls’. All appears changed, but familiar.Intercut with oblique verse fragments and a series of linked sequences, Allen blends elements of fiction and ekphrasis to create a haunting and unforgettable debut.
  • Rachael Allen

    Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, KINGDOMLAND, is published by Faber & Faber. She is the co-author of a number of collaborative artists’ books, including Nights of Poor Sleep with Marie Jacotey, published by Prototype, and Almost One. Say Again! with JocJonJosch, published by Slimvolume. She is the recipient of a Norther Writers Award and an Eric Gregory award. She hosts the Faber Poetry Podcast, is the poetry editor for Granta magazine and Granta books, and is currently an Anthony Burgess fellow at Manchester University.
“‘Don’t be fooled by this book’s bright orange jacket: it’s not cheerful, it’s on fire … I want to quote dozens of Allen’s lines for the joy of their precise surprise …what a start to a poetic career.’”
- Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Times
“‘Rachael Allen’s debut, Kingdomland, will surprise those who first encountered her through the Faber New Poets series. Where those early poems were often droll and precisely contemporary, full of youth’s shoulder-shrugging ennui, this first book has an urgency and a quieter seriousness … Disturbing, unnerving and aware, these poems linger through effective image-making.’”
- Ben Wilkinson, Guardian