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24-26 High Street, B4 7SL Birmingham, United Kingdom
Join Helen Calcutt and two of her favourite women poets, Claire Walker, and Izzy Galleymore to celebrate the publication of her debut poetry collection 'Unable Mother'.
Described as a 'violent grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood' (Robert Peake) this bold and breathtaking new book of poems exposes the painful and the beautiful experience of becoming a new mother, torch-lit with violent and tender experience, sung from the body, and cast through a unique metaphoric lens.
This promises to be an unforgettable evening, celebrating themes of womanhood, transformation, and new life.
Refreshments such as coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages and cake will be served.
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Copies are now available to pre-order: https://poetrybooks.co.uk/products/unable-mother-helen-calcutt
Helen's website: helencalcutt.org
About 'Unable Mother'
“This work challenges our abstract and cosy notions of motherhood with a brutal and vulnerable delve into the psyche. Calcutt grapples, sometimes violently, sometimes with aching tenderness, each hard-won line “like squeezing/flesh and fruit from the bone,/this terrible love”. This is an intimate book, the kind that comes in close to your ear to whisper dark secrets and unavoidable truths. These poems are spare, careful, insistent – and devastatingly good.” Robert Peake author of The Knowledge.
‘Helen Calcutt’s poems are full of surprising and intricate moments – they unfold like origami, deftly packing and unpacking themselves into new forms and presenting the reader with confidences, secrets and insight, the tender words for the things that are hard to say. In their explorations of motherhood, loss and discovery, Calcutt’s poetry is steeled with precise language, always finding clarity forged in the heart of experience. These are intimate poems which are felt in the body, and written with a keen physicality – “love is meant to live on in the body” writes Calcutt, “My flesh making heaven of it.” In their makings and re-makings, each poem here reveals this to be a remarkable and potent debut. ‘ Jane Commane editor at Nine Arches Press.
Sample poem 'The Listening Tree'