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Faber New Poets 6 [Paperback]

Annie Katchinska
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1 May 2010 Faber New Poets 6

Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. Through a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication, the scheme offers four poets a year the time, guidance and encouragement they require to help in the development of their work in the longer term.

In 2010, the awarded poets are Joe Dunthorne, Annie Katchinska, Sam Riviere and Tom Warner.

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571250009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571250004
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The baker's daughter

is watching me through the reed-slicks,

her eyes surrounded by floury feathers.

Her wings canvas the river. I dip

my twitching toes in her waters, her eyes

pull me in as she says if she could she'd go back,

back to before her life turned owl: she'd give him

all the bread he wanted, she'd bake forever

then pile up his pockets and run, her arms

burnt from the loaves.

My eyes itch like yeast. She says they hate

our flowers and songs, our stupid owlish faces,

and her mud slurps my violets, I sink my knees down

into her fishes and bubbles and claws.

'No girl can ever die honest,' she toots,

tugging me in with her beak.

About the Author

Annie Katchinska was born in Moscow in 1990 and has lived in London for most of her life. She started writing poetry when she was fifteen and was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2006 and 2007. She has had poems published in Magma, Mimesis and Voice Recognition and was a prize winner in the Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2007. She is currently studying for a Classics degree at Cambridge University.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising 1 Nov 2010
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Annie Katchinska's Faber pamphlet is a promising start for the young poet (she turns 20 this year). But the key word here is 'promising'. I found that while a lot of the poems bristled with startling imagery (an altar like a beautiful cold sheep, she dissolves smiley faces of Vitamin C in oceanic glasses of water, for instance), the poems don't go anywhere for the reader. It seems, at times, that the poet is more interested in image than narrative, structure or making us care. If you do buy this, buy it for poems like the bittersweet 'Kids' or the quirky 'Toni Braxton'.
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