Reviews

  • Two small, sorbet-coloured paperbacks were the most exciting thing in poetry this year. Reviving the 1960s Penguin Modern Poets series with panache, they united new and established voices from Britain and North America in electric pocketfuls

    Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Times (Poetry Book of the Year)
  • This year, I rediscovered poetry. Yes, I know. It all went wrong with the first new Penguin Modern Poets . . . soon, it was Emily Berry for breakfast and Anne Carson on the bus

    Charlotte Mendelson, Guardian (Books of the Year)
  • This collection hits the ground running, both in terms of the work chosen and the way the first poem starts ... There is deep, anxious wit in Emily Berry's work ... It illustrates what poetry does best: make us look at the world anew, and not necessarily with ease ... If you don't know Anne Carson's work, you're in for a treat ... her poems are crammed with classical allusions that work even if you don't know what she's referring to ... Carson has an intellect that is both high-powered and unstoppably playful: her jokes are more than just gags, but - and this is the great bit - they're still funny ... Sophie Collins, at the beginning of her career, has enormous promise ... Her poem 'An Unusual Day' is not only extremely funny, it also gives us some clues as to the sternness of her gaze ... No one else could put the words down on the page in quite this way

    Nick Lezard, The Guardian
  • A tremendous collection. Possibly the only book of poetry I've ever read through from start to finish

    John Self