*SHORTLISTED FOR THE T.S ELIOT PRIZE 2013*
‘A stone is lobbed in ’84,
hangs like a star over Orgreave.
Welcome to Sheffield. Border-land,
our town of miracles…’
From the clash between striking miners and police to the delicate conflicts in personal relationships, Helen Mort’s stunning debut is marked by distance and division. Named for a street in Sheffield, this is a collection that cherishes specificity: the particularity of names; the reflections the world throws back at us; the precise moment of a realisation. Distinctive and assured, these poems show us how, at the site of conflict, a moment of reconciliation can be born.
Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets
Outstanding… There's a confidence and wit that's rare in a first book, but underlying it all is the bedrock of the north of England, its landscapes and stories. These are poems of passion, risk, tenderness and power
There’s been a buzz around Helen Mort for a while, and her debut, Division Street, doesn’t disappoint
An excellent first poetry collection -- lucid, intelligent, politically aware, and loyal to the landscape that inspired it.
Mort is a fast-rising star of British poetry… marked by a gritty urban lyricism and a terrific rhythmic vitality