Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
‘An enchanting and heartwarming new voice in poetry.’ Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other
Rachel Long’s much-anticipated debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions, announces the arrival of a 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 inanticipation: here is an immediate, wide-awake poetry that entertains, without sacrificing a note of its urgency.
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