Out on 06 August 2020

My Darling from the Lions

Rachel Long

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06 August 2020
9781529045581
0 pages
Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection

'Rachel Long is an enchanting and heartwarming new voice in poetry.' Bernardine Evaristo

'A voice so clear it cuts through everything and rings like a bell.' Mary Jean Chan, author of Fleché

Rachel Long’s much-anticipated debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions, announces the arrival of a thrilling new presence in poetry.

Each poem has a vivid story to tell – of family quirks, the perils of dating, the grip of religion or sexual awakening – stories that are, by turn, emotionally insightful, politically conscious, wise, funny and outrageous.

Long reveals herself as a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. But it's her refreshing commitment to the power of the individual poem that will leave the reader turning each page in eager anticipation: here is an immediate,wide-awake poetry that entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or remarkable skill.

Rachel Long is an enchanting and heartwarming new voice in poetry.

Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

I loved reading these poems. They are immediate, accessible and necessary, but also joyful, witty and elegant. They tell stories we so much need to hear.

Kate Clanchy

A delight. It takes melancholic, surprising turns every couple of pages, with poems centred around combating body shame, sex and faith.

Roger Robinson, The Week