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Sarah Jackson's "Pelt" (Bloodaxe), longlisted for the Guardian first book award, is a collection of dark, surreal and sometimes nightmarish narratives that haunt the memory. --Adam Newey, The Guardian, Best Poetry of 2012.
These poems have a dream-like, hallucinatory quality. Intriguing and mysterious, they transform childhood memory, myth, experiences of place, everything Sarah Jackson draws on for material into surreal and vivid narratives. --Vicki Feaver.
Sarah Jackson's "Pelt" is out on its own. At once peirastic and assured, these are poems of disturbing grace and power. The title-word is already disorientating: a sense of speed and assault goes with the skin and fur of what is, perhaps, not or no longer or no longer only human. Jackson's poems have a compelling strangeness, uncomfortably intimate and elusive at the same time. You are not sure what distance to occupy in relation to them. It is a poetry of glints and disclosures, by turns gentle and menacing, diurnal and surreal, erotic and deranged. In radical and original fashion, "Pelt" prompts feelings 'we can neither know / nor name'. Here is a new voice, a pelting of voices in English poetry. --Nicholas Royle.
Sarah Jackson was born in 1977, grew up in Berkshire and now lives in Nottingham. Her pamphlet "Milk" (Pighog, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award and her work appears in a number of magazines and anthologies, including "Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century" (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) and "The Best British Poetry 2011" (Salt, 2011). She was awarded Arts Council funding in 2009 and has been shortlisted for the Arvon International Poetry Competition (2010) and the Edwin Morgan Prize (2011). Sarah completed a doctorate at the University of Sussex in 2009 and now lectures at Nottingham Trent University, where she runs the MA in Creative Writing. "Pelt" (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) is her first book-length collection, and was the Readers' Choice for the longlist of the the Guardian First Book Award.