Ambitious debut from bold, new female voice, re-visioning the tradition of Eliot and Pound
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WINNER OF THE 2018 T S ELIOT PRIZE FOR POETRY
Hannah Sullivan’s debut collection is a revelation – three long poems of fresh ambition, intensity and substance. Though each poem stands apart, their inventive and looping encounters make for a compelling unity. ‘You, Very Young in New York’ captures a great American city, in all its alluring detail. It is a wry and tender study of romantic possibility, disappointment, and the obduracy of innocence. ‘Repeat until Time’ begins with a move to California and unfolds into an essay on repetition and returning home, at once personal and philosophical. ‘The Sandpit after Rain’ explores the birth of a child and the loss of a father with exacting clarity.
In Three Poems, readers will experience Sullivan’s work with the same exhilaration as they might the great modernising poems of Eliot and Pound, but with the unique perspective of a brilliant new female voice.
Three Poems . . . travels light, illuminated yet never shackled by scholarship, and investigates the way life does - and does not - revise itself. She writes freshly about everything
'An unfettered delight . . . one of the most aesthetically pleasing things I have read in a long time.'
‘An extraordinary book, and Sullivan can – it seems – do just about anything.’
‘The best first collection I’ve read for a long time: moving, technically adroit, clever in all the right ways, and full of brilliant small-scale effects as well as large achievements.’
‘An intriguing collection, brutal in its intensity and compelling in its search for beauty.’
'[A] majestic debut ... Sullivan's authority, reach and ambition are exhilarating.'
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