Her Birth by Rebecca Goss (Carcanet/Northern House), 2013:
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION
WINNER OF THE POETRY CATEGORY, EAST ANGLIAN BOOK AWARDS, 2013
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WARWICK PRIZE FOR WRITING 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PORTICO PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2015
‘The poems in Her Birth unfold their story of love, loss and grief for a baby daughter with pared-down precision and scorching intensity. The language, like sea-glass, has been ground by a tide that might have crushed words completely. Instead, it has shaped these translucent poems’ – Helen Dunmore.
‘A testimonial of love and of grief, Her Birth plots an arc of bitter elegance. Rebecca Goss’s daughter was born with the ‘wicked gift’ of a disabling heart condition – Ebstein’s anomaly – and her poems show tremendous clarity, variety, honesty, and beauty. Few of us ever glimpse the details of living with such a diagnosis, but Goss reveals the power of poetry not to console, but to illuminate.’ – Gavin Francis, Judge, Warwick Prize for Writing 2015
For more information see the Carcanet website here
The Anatomy of Structures by Rebecca Goss, Flambard Press, 2010:
Highly Commended in The Forward Prize, 2010.
“A very clear voice, catching at the emotional drama of the world, its strangeness, sexiness and occasionally its yearning.” – Robert Seatter
“Fresh, fearless and utterly engaging” – Tribune
“Startlingly good” – R.V. Bailey
The Anatomy of Structures, reviewed by Zoe Brigley. Brigley looks at a series of Younger British Poets who all appeared originally in Agenda’s online Broadsheets or as chosen young Broadsheet poets in the journal. I was a much younger poet, back in Broadsheet number 7 and it means a lot to be reviewed alongside the likes of Helen Mort and Kathryn Gray. You can read the full review here.
Note: Due to the sad demise of Flambard Press, copies of The Anatomy of Structures are now available from Inpress Books or held with me. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase a copy.