This Changes Things

This Changes Things

Paperback (28 Jan 2016) | English

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This changes things was Claire Askew's first full collection, coming after years of work in Scotland's flourishing poetry and spoken word scene. Her poems focus on the lives and experiences of women - particularly the socially or economically marginalised - at pains both to empathise and to recognise the limits of this empathy. They embody a need to acknowledge and challenge the poet's privileged position as documenter and outsider, a responsibility to the poem's political message and to that message's human subject. This changes things draws much of its strength from this exploration of inbetweenness. Claire Askew's purposeful deployment of objects, lighting effects and liminal spaces implicates her reader in the poem's argument, holds up a mirror and asks us to pay attention. The book's romantic relationships, depictions of frustrated travel or social mobility, are bound up in its awareness of the systems of power that permit no true state of innocence. Even the final poem, 'Hydra' - with its celebration of the body and its senses - cannot ultimately allow us off the hook. This changes things was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award 2016, Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Full Collection 2017 and Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017.

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Bloodaxe Books

Bloodaxe Books

BLOODAXE BOOKS: Making as wide a selection of poetry available to as wide a readership as possible. Bloodaxe has been a pioneering publisher of poetry in translation, building its reputation on publishing numerous new poets alongside some of the most important figures in modern poetry. Bloodaxe Books is Britain’s premier publisher of contemporary poetry, with an international reputation for quality in literature and excellence in book design. Founded in Newcastle in 1978, Bloodaxe is based in Northumberland’s Tarset valley, with a sales office in Bala in North Wales.

Book information

ISBN: 9781780372761
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Imprint: Bloodaxe Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 71
Weight: 126g
Height: 140mm
Width: 217mm
Spine width: 11mm