Tag: Author: Kate Clanchy


Review: Samarkand

Posted 7 April, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Samarkand
By: Kate Clanchy
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Few first collections in recent years have made the impact of Kate Clanchy’s award-winning Slattern, which gained her a reputation as a poet of great immediacy and wit. In this new book her range is extended dramatically. Samarkand is both a darker and a more sunlit collection than its predecessor. Inside, the reader will find surreal elegies; love poems of every humour; grim episodes from colonial history and meditations on home and distance as well as some practical advice on having sex with angels – all delivered with the effortless musicality of phrase and formal panache that are fast becoming Clanchy’s trademarks.

I purchased this book the same time I had picked up her Selected Poems (review) as I had read a few poems from here and found them interesting enough to just pick up the whole book. It arrived a little later than Selected Poems in the post so by the time I read this book I had already read a few of the poems it contained but I was nonetheless excited.

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Review: Selected Poems

Posted 6 April, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Selected Poems
By: Kate Clanchy
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Kate Clanchy’s poems are much broadcast, translated and anthologised. This Selected Poems draws together her three prize-winning collections, Slattern, Samarkand, and Newborn, published between 1996 and 2004. These are poems about men and boys, school and home, the foreign and the familiar, and the grand adventure of parenthood, but above all about love in all its forms, gathered together in a single volume. This volume is a perfect introduction to a witty, lyrical and truly accessible poet; and for long-term fans, an integrated and satisfying assembly of Clanchy’s very best work.

I first encountered Kate Clanchy’s poetry in an anthology collection of love poems (“Patagonia”). It took a second read for me to really notice the poem, actually, and it left me wondering why I didn’t notice it in the first place, it lingered in a longing and beautiful way. Since then I had been meaning to check out her collected works and just more of her poetry. I’ve been on a poetry sort of mood over the summer that I decided to check out a few of her books 🙂

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