Emily Berry

Penguin Modern Poets 1
  • Penguin Modern Poets 1

  • The Penguin Modern Poets are succinct guides to the richness and diversity of contemporary poetry. Every volume brings together representative selections from the work of three poets now writing, allowing the curious reader and the seasoned lover of poetry to encounter the most exciting voices of our moment.

    ". . . And I was grown up, with your face on,
    heating spice after spice to smoke out the smell of books, to burn
    the taste buds off this bitten tongue, avoid ever speaking of you."
    - Emily Berry, 'Her Inheritance'

    "If you are not the free person you want to be you must find a place to tell the truth about that. To tell how things go for you."
    - Anne Carson, 'Candor'

    "I had a moment there
    among the balustrades
    and once that moment had expired
    it graduated
    from a moment to a life"
    - Sophie Collins, 'Dear No. 24601'

Emily Berry's debut poetry collection, Dear Boy, was published in 2013, winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She is the editor of Best British Poetry 2015 and was a contributor to The Breakfast Bible, a compendium of breakfasts. Her second collection, Stranger, Baby, is forthcoming from Faber in 2017. She lives in London, where she was born.