Venus as a Bear

Venus as a Bear

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Synopsis

The Poetry Book Society Summer 2018 Choice
Shortlisted for The 2018 Forward Prize for Best Collection


Vahni Capildeo's Venus as a Bear collects poems on animals, art, language, the sea, thinghood, metaphor, description, and dance. They tend toward, and tend to, the inanimate and non-human, tenderly disclosing their forms of sentience. We have feelings for creatures, objects and places, but where do these affinities come from? How do things, as things, affect us, remain mysterious while making themselves known?

For Capildeo, answers formed at their own pace, while waiting for lambing at a friend's farm; exploring the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; criss-crossing the British Isles with the Out of Bounds poetry project; or hearing of Africa and the Romans in Scotland, of Guyana and Shakespeare, while standing over-the-boots deep in a freezing sea off the coast of Wales.

Many of the poems respond to real places, objects and people, as investigations, meditations, or dedications. They dwell on bodies and dwell in the body, inviting ardent, open forms of reading, in the spirit of their composition.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784105549
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd.
Imprint: Carcanet
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 111
Weight: 150g
Height: 165mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 14mm