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Child: New and Selected Poems [Kindle Edition]

Mimi Khalvati

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Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 combines a generous collation of poems from Mimi Khalvati’s five Carcanet volumes with previously uncollected sequences. She orders her work autobiographically, telling the stories of her life in four sections: childhood and early adulthood; motherhood; meditations on light; and love and art, circling back to childhood in her celebrated final sequence (‘The Meanest Flower’). The figure of the child stands at the centre of the book, appearing in many guises: the poet as a schoolgirl on the Isle of Wight, or in half-remembered later years living with her grandmother in Tehran; her two children, now grown up; children in art; and an enduring sense of oneself as a child that is never left behind.
 
Here is the essential Khalvati: exquisitely nuanced, formally accomplished, Romantic in sensibility; rapturous and tender in response to nature, family and love. Her poems, David Constantine writes, ‘say what it feels like being human, the good and the ill of it, with passion, tact and lightness.'

About the Author

Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran and grew up on the Isle of Wight. She attended Drama Centre London and worked as a theatre director in London and in Tehran. She is the founder of The Poetry School where she now teaches. Carcanet publish her six previous collections, including In White Ink (1991), Mirrorwork (1995), Entries on Light (1997), The Chine (2002) and The Meanest Flower (2007), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 304 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847770940
  • Publisher: Carcanet Poetry (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IGZS5Q
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Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran and grew up on the Isle of Wight where she went to boarding school. After training at Drama Centre London, she worked as an actor in the UK and as a director at the Theatre Workshop Tehran and on the fringe in London. She started writing poetry while bringing up children. Her pamphlet, 'Persian Miniatures' (Smith/Doorstop 1990) was a winner of the Poetry Business competition 1989. Her Carcanet collections include 'In White Ink' (1991), 'Mirrorwork' (1995), for which she received an Arts Council of England Writer's Award, 'Entries on Light' (1997) and 'The Chine' (2002). 'The Meanest Flower' (2007) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, a Financial Times Book of the Year, and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her most recent collection, 'Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011' was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Mimi is the founder of The Poetry School and has co-edited its anthologies of new writing, 'Tying the Song' (2000), 'Entering the Tapestry' (2003) and 'I Am Twenty People!' (2007), published by Enitharmon Press. 

Mimi has been Poet in Residence at the Royal Mail and has held fellowships at the Royal Literary Fund at City University, the International Writing Program in Iowa, and the American School in London. She received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

She has performed her work extensively in Britain, Europe, Turkey and the USA, taking part in international festivals such as Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, British Council Tours abroad and a national tour of Contemporary British Poetry. She is a tutor for The Poetry School and a freelance creative writing teacher.

"I am convinced that while we may tire of brasher voices, Mimi Khalvati's work will endure." - Moniza Alvi, Poetry Wales

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