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Stranger, Baby

Emily Berry

The second collection from Emily Berry, the award-winning poet of Dear Boy.

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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.’

Critic Reviews

Highly intelligent, deeply moving poems that provide a new lens through which to consider grief.

Sarah Crown, Guardian
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This is powerful poetry. But it is also clever, modern, and playful. Berry refuses to withhold any of her poetic artillery; she experiments with form boldly, an experiment that might fail in the hands of a weaker writer ... ‘Stranger, baby’ generates a high voltage; its energy feels dangerous for both writer and reader, and no one who reads it will deny the sparks that fly off it.

The London Magazine
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One of the best books of British poetry you are likely to read in 2017 ... a work of extraordinary poetic ability and frankness.

Todd Swift, Eyewear
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Emily Berry has a refreshingly free, not to say incendiary, approach to poetry.

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Berry’s 2013 Dear Boy won the Forward Prize for first collection; this book is shortlisted for this year’s main award. It doesn’t take long to see why. Written in memory of the poet’s mother, the first-person poems are an open dissection of loss, trauma and the sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly workings of long-term grief. Reading them is a spiritual experience.

Financial Times Summer Books
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'I'm still haunted by Stranger, Baby (Faber, £10.99) by Forward Prize-winning poet Emily Berry. "A mother's death lasts a lot of years," she writes in her second collection, which is about grief, estrangement and the question of where parent ends and child begins.'

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Evening Standard

Emily Berry’s first book of poems is Dear Boy, which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She is a contributor to The Breakfast Bible and editor of Best British Poetry 2015. A selection of her work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I’m Scared We Can’t Win. She is editor of The Poetry…

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