Annemarie Austin's vividly imaginative poems explore other worlds and other lives, drawing upon her own memories and experiences, as well as on art, travel, dream, myth, history and literature.
Very draws together work from five previous collections, together with a whole collection of new poems. Like all her work, the new poems express a sense of unease, but with added awareness of shifting ground. There is also estrangement and loss of language, as well as a kind of gaiety surfacing through almost desperate word-play, which owe much to the 21st century’s alienating climate of fear and suspicion.
The book also includes her acclaimed double sequence Debatable Land, which speaks first of dementia seen from the outside, and then invents a voice for a woman living inside that condition.
'Austin is a fable maker. Hers is a poetry of parts held together by powerfully imagined dream associations. As her world deliquesces and reforms, her imagination breathes life into other people in other times, weirdly authenticating the material she draws from history' - Anne Stevenson.
'Annemarie Austin's world is one of doubles and reflections...she is deeply engaged with shifting perspectives and challenging perceptions' - Jane Griffiths, Poetry Review.
'She has the power to suggest the fantastic or the terrible... Annemarie Austin understands that the force of the uncanny lies in the echoing silence at the edge of the unknown' - Helen Kidd, Poetry Quarterly Review.
'Austin's voice has a shivery intelligence and precision' - Deryn Rees-Jones, London Magazine.