Books

In My Arms / Setareh Ebrahimi

Trespass across the human landscape of Setareh Ebrahimi’s world. You’ll find yourself a willing voyeur of stolen moments between the intrepid and humanely flawed figures who populate her poems: mothers, lovers, lost siblings, corrupted angels, nurses and ghosts. Leave your faint heart at home: these poems are set in extremes, either frozen or desert-hot. They dance and skip to a musicality that seems to come from the land, from the skin.

Ebrahimi’s is an assured voice, both soft and hard, ruthless and seductive. Line by line, she layers imagery as if pouring a glass of water to the brim: full enough to satisfy great thirst, without spilling over.

“The debut pamphlet from Setareh Ebrahimi announces a new talent for a new era in spoken word and live literature. The ‘secret weight’ of this book is its ability to fuse surreal lyricism and powerful imagery. A book to read and speak in equal measure.”  Joelle Taylor

“In the hands of Setareh Ebrahimi, everyday words catch the light at just the right angle. She produces x-rays of the spirit within, sending a shiver of recognition down the spine.”  Barry Fentiman Hall

“Ebrahimi’s pamphlet paints a picture of a woman drawing lines between herself and her surroundings, her lovers and her family. My favourite poem is ‘Wandering Rocks’, where you ‘almost forget to be’ and rather envision the scene displayed between words.”  Katrine Lyn Solvaag

“Both erotic and macabre all at once, Setareh seems to delight in perverting the everyday, and I would more than happily let her.”  Connor Sansby

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Unremember / Joel Auterson

Unremember is steeped in the landscape of home. Of early memories, and endings that cannot be resolved by a Pokemon Centre. In these poems, mountains, rivers and dirt are set in opposition to London’s bright spots as selves of various ages gather on the page.

Joel Auterson unpicks nostalgia and loneliness, illness and modern masculinity with the delicate hand of a heart surgeon. David Bowie sings out from a lighthouse as men cry in posh coffee shops. Beautifully sensitive poems alternate with Auterson’s show-stopping ‘clunks’ in a book that will stay in your head long after the reading is done.

“Joel’s collection is a wise, youthful, solemn, playful, nostalgic wormhole. A joy to fall into. Expect bright streaks and dark scraps of memory and for gods to be made, lost and chased up mountains.”  Katie Bonna

“Auterson’s work is shot through with insight and tenderness, as brave in formal innovation as it is in disclosure and soul. These are poems of how we form our consciousness from pop culture and ancient wisdom, yearning and loss and, ultimately, how we survive. A wonderful debut collection.”  Luke Kennard

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Solomon’s World / Jake Wild Hall

When your child is born, the world changes before your eyes. You learn to know yourself anew: as both parent and child, resilient and fragile, powerful and flawed. It’s this context that frames Solomon’s World – Jake Wild Hall’s compassionate and acutely honest debut.

Hall invites you in for a cup of tea, then opens a door to the edge of the world, via prisons and pixie godmothers, giants and fireworks, AT-AT walkers, hospital wards. Against a backdrop of addiction and loss, moments of brittle beauty and unconditional love prevail, represented by a rich cast of both literal and honorary family. This is a voice reaching out to bridge gaps, pulling you in from the cold.

“Jake Hall is a writer of depth and elegance. A book of beauty, of small moments and imagined tomorrows. A book of becoming. This is the sound a heart makes when it heals.” Joelle Taylor

“Already known as a passionate performer, the way Jake pours his personality out on the page means the moment you finish you want to start all over again.”  Harry Baker

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