Introducing two brilliant up-and-comers on the poetry scene celebrate the publication of their first full UK collections.
Sheri Benning was a lead poet in Carcanet’s bestselling anthology New Poetries V and this debut anthology gathers new poems alongside poems from her two previous Canadian collections. Inspired by her native home, rural Saskatchewan, its prairie, rivers and fauna This Season’s Vagrant Light is nature poetry and eco-criticism at its subtlest and most poignant.
Happiness is the long-anticipated debut collection from the award-winning Jack Underwood. With the sort of smart, persuasive voice associated with Simon Armitage and Michael Donaghy, these poems worry at the world in search of consolation, or else meet life’s absurdity and strangeness half-way. Happiness is a collection preoccupied with the ephemerality of happiness itself, at the ever-present possibility of its departure, and the ways we try to grasp and keep hold of it.