Dom Bury's Rite of Passage
'An astonishing debut. The environment has never felt so urgent; the world, through Bury’s writing, has never felt so close at hand. Mythical and raw – a terrific book.’ – Niall Campbell
Dom Bury's long-awaited debut poetry collection Rite of Passage, a book-length sequence of visionary poems addressing environmental and climate crisis, was published by Bloodaxe on 15 April 2021. He launched the collection on 20 April at a joint live-streamed event and discussion with Jenna Clake and Tishani Doshi. The event included a pre-recorded discussion between Dom Bury and Tishani Doshi focussing on the environmental issues at the heart of both their collections.
Rite of Passage was longlisted for the Laurel Prize 2021, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's award for nature and ecopoetry.
Dom Bury introduced his collection in a piece for The Dark Mountain Project, which includes three poems from Rite of Passage.
'And so this is how I danced as I wrote, attempting to find equal parts ferocity and equal parts tenderness, equal parts beauty and equal parts truth and hard love.'
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REVIEWS FOR RITE OF PASSAGE
‘Dom Bury’s first book… has an otherworldly feel about it, an almost mystically tender earthrootedness… A remarkable debut, to say the least.’ – Michael Glover, The Tablet (Poetry for Summer 2021)
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'These poems unflinchingly maintain their focus upon themes of human-made environmental disaster, yet are never moralising... This poetry is fierce and tender. Its creator masterfully merges these two qualities.' - Vanessa Lampert, The Alchemy Spoon
Rite of Passage is an astonishing debut – urgent, visceral, with an authentic, lyrical music.' - Theresa Sowerby, Orbis
Rite of Passage includes Dom Bury's 2017 National Poetry Competition-winning poem ‘The Opened Field’. This was made into a short film by Helmie Stil, commissioned by The Poetry Society.
[15 April 2021]