By Phoebe Power
Phoebe Power received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and a Northern Writers’ Award in 2014. Her poems have appeared in journals including The Rialto, POEM, Oxford Poetry and Magma. Her debut full collection won the 2018 Forward (Felix Dennis) Prize for Best First Collection
The poems in Harp Duet are three dimensional. They have a strong physicality as words on the page, their space and spacing part of the rhythm and sense, and they touch amazing notes. There is a lot of courage, sensuality and painful joy in a poem like ‘Clarsach’, which naturally pairs with the shyer, dreamier ‘Sleeping in his Harp Case’. The poems’ erotics as much as their poetics are compelling. These are poems to come back to, and that will come back to you. The Mallarmé version ‘Corelines’, with which the pamphlet concludes is inventive and exquisite
- Michael Schmidt
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