This new collection from one of Britain's most innovative poets is an exploration of identity in the face of loss. At its heart is a series of poems about the desolation of miscarriage. These poems try to understand the many different means we use to come closer to articulating, and avoiding, experience. Drawing on the language of comedy, improvisation, drag and clown, Low interrogates humour’s role in enacting the possibility of change. A thought-provoking, irreverent and challenging book, Low exemplifies Chrissy Williams' ability to find 'seriousness in the apparently trivial and ephemeral' (Poetry Review).
Chrissy Williams' first collection Bear (Bloodaxe) was one of The Telegraph's 50 Best Books of the Year in 2017. She has also published several pamphlets, one of which was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. Low is her second full-length collection.
Praise for Bear:
'Chrissy Williams is my new favourite poet.' – Luke Kennard.
’There is a profundity and care of phrasing here which is completely persuasive ... [a] sense of wonder and the rare combination of wit and sensitivity that is the hallmark of Williams’s style.’ – Tim Dooley, The Poetry Review
'Chrissy Williams is opening a new space for British experimental poetry ... with its generosity towards the reader via a light touch and warm experimentalism.' – Marcus Slease, Shearsman
'A pleasure in pluralism.' – Richard O'Brien, Poetry London
'In spite of its almost absurdist character and apparent playfulness, [this] is a collection of poems that deal with all that is most serious in human life.' – Annie Freud