Pascale Petit Readings
‘This is a major literary feat, and this a brilliant sequence of poems. It burns in its own supranatural light.' – Tim Liardet & Vona Groarke, PBS Bulletin
Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, which has been awarded Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017, was published by Bloodaxe Books on National Poetry Day, 28 September. Mama Amazonica is Pascale Petit’s first collection from Bloodaxe Books. She launched the book with a series of events, including readings at King’s Lynn Poetry Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival, The Cheltenham Literature Festival and at the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, with further appearances at festivals to follow next year.
Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazonian rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. The book tells the story of Pascale Petit’s mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse, as well as celebrating the beauty of the wild, whether in the mind or the natural world. As the PBS selectors note: ‘…her greatest, most singular achievement has been to tackle difficult subject matter head-on, while simultaneously distancing herself from it through the use of exotic metaphor.’ Pascale has commented that it is a book that took her ‘63 years to write’.
PASCALE PETIT READINGS FOR MAMA AMAZONICA
Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham, Saturday 17 February 2017, 6-7.30pm
Pascale Petit, Hannah Lowe & Sandeep Parmar
Verve's Saturday poetry headline features three award-winning poets at the top of their game. Sandeep Parmar’s Eidolon won the inaugural Ledbury Forte prize for best second collection. Hannah Lowe is a Next Generation poet and her most recent collection, Chan was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. Four times T.S. Eliot Prize shortlisted Pascale Petit reads from her 7th collection Mama Amazonica, PBS Choice for Autumn 2017.
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Click here to read Pascale's blog and see photos of her trips to the Amazon.
[07 December 2017]