First collection by young English poet featured in Bloodaxe's new poets anthology "Voice Recognition" (2009). Sarah Jackson lived in Brighton for many years, and now lectures at Nottingham Trent University.
Sarah Jackson explores the edges of writing in this uncanny book of touch. Tender, haunting, and yet beautifully poised, the poems in Pelt get right under your skin. Composed in four parts, the collection takes you on an unsettling journey between infancy and adulthood. Veering from birds to blindness, from hides to hiding, "Pelt" uncovers the unfamiliar in the everyday. "Pelt" is written in the dark. It asks to be read through your fingertips. Striking and elegant, subtle and yet full of desire, this is a brilliant debut.
'Sarah Jackson's poems are dark, strange stories, immaculately crafted. Surprising, dextrous, sometimes shocking, they compel the reader into uncertain territory. This is an assured first collection from a cool and original new voice' - Polly Clark. 'These poems have a dream-like, hallucinatory quality. Intriguing and mysterious, they transform childhood memory, myth, experiences of place, everything Sarah Jackson draws on for material into surreal and vivid narratives' - Vicki Feaver. 'Sarah Jackson's "Pelt" is out on its own. At once peirastic and assured, these are poems of disturbing grace and power. The title-word is already disorientating: a sense of speed and assault goes with the skin and fur of what is, perhaps, not or no longer or no longer only human. Jackson's poems have a compelling strangeness, uncomfortably intimate and elusive at the same time. You are not sure what distance to occupy in relation to them. It is a poetry of glints and disclosures, by turns gentle and menacing, diurnal and surreal, erotic and deranged. In radical and original fashion, Pelt prompts feelings "we can neither know / nor name". Here is a new voice, a pelting of voices in English poetry' - Nicholas Royle.
About Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson was born in 1977, grew up in Berkshire and now lives in Nottingham. Her pamphlet "Milk" (Pighog, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award and her work appears in a number of magazines and anthologies, including "Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century" (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) and "The Best British Poetry 2011" (Salt, 2011). She was awarded Arts Council funding in 2009 and has been shortlisted for the Arvon International Poetry Competition (2010) and the Edwin Morgan Prize (2011). Sarah completed a doctorate at the University of Sussex in 2009 and now lectures at Nottingham Trent University, where she runs the MA in Creative Writing. "Pelt" (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) is her first book-length collection.
Pelt by Sarah Jackson
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