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These vividly imagined, lexically startling and ambitious poems range widely - from the personal and domestic to the philosophical and cosmic, incorporating Nietszche, Barbara Hepworth and 'the bins at Waitrose'. Cherriman's earthy, erotic mythmaking imagination is at work on every page - these poems flash with magic and are lit with subversive carnality.
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Paperback, 76 pages
Published November 2016 by Cinnamon Press
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Roger Tyers
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this short collection. Syrian war, british austerity, love, rape, parenthood: all are treated with intelligence, skill and a deep sense of pathos, human insight and compassion.
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My highest praise for a poetry collection is that I go back to it, repeatedly and this is what I've been doing with this collection. I'm constantly startled by Becky's imagery. Consider first the title of a poem: 'Vaginal Repair', followed by 'Michael Jackson's favourite,/the anaesthetist tells me ...' All the poetry here gives me pleasant electric shocks like this and tells stories about such a variety of themes. And if you aren't able to get double the pleasure by hearing Becky read, then read ...more
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Becky Cherriman is a writer, performer and workshop leader based in Yorkshire.

Becky’s first poetry collection "Empires of Clay" was published in November 2016 by Cinnamon Press. Her poetry pamphlet "Echolocation" published by Mother's Milk in February 2016 was longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2016.
Her current project is “Corseted” - a one act show that weaves together the story of women’s right
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