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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854114719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854114716
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pascale Petit's latest book Fauverie is shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. A portfolio of poems from it won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. T S Eliot shortlisted What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo (Seren, 2010), was also shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. "Pascale's poems are as fresh as paint, and make you look all over again at Frida and her brilliant and tragic life." - Jackie Kay The Observer, Book of the Year. "This arresting collection... exploring the way trauma hurts an artist into creation, celebrates the rebarbative energy with which Kahlo redeemed pain and transformed it into paint" - Ruth Padel, The Guardian. "Pascale Petit creates forms and strategies that go beyond common knowledge of what a poem can or should do; her poetry never behaves itself or betrays itself; and contemporary British poetry is all the livelier for it." David Morley

Petit has published six poetry collections including four shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and three which were books of the year in The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and Observer. She trained as an artist at the Royal College of Art and was a visual artist for the first part of her life. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. She is widely travelled, including in the Venezuelan Amazon, China and Nepal, and leads popular poetry courses at Tate Modern and for The Poetry School.

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"Our eyes are opened to the abundance and colour of the world, and that world seems remade as a life-giving habitat for the imagination."
-- Kathleen Jamie and Maurice Riordan, Poetry Book Society Bulletin

"She operates a glittery, concise, deeply responsible magic realism, which explores the exotic, the wilderness and the faraway scrupulously for their own sake, but also as leaping metaphors for self, and for the relationships of home." -- Ruth Padel, Independent on Sunday

"No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit." -- Les Murray, Times Literary Supplement 'Books of the Year'


"She operates a glittery, concise, deeply responsible magic realism, which explores the exotic, the wilderness and the faraway scrupulously for their own sake, but also as leaping metaphors for self, and for the relationships of home."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lia Brooks on 26 Nov. 2008
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The Treekeeper's Tale has a lighter tone than Pascale Petit's previous two books which were fiercely confessional. But I'm not sure that confessional poetry has to be exclusively about dark experiences. I think it can also confess light, as long as it still has depth and remains honest and emotional. Perhaps dark writing offers more impact initially.. pain is a strong emotion after all, but in my mind a confessional poet is someone who offers something raw and personal to the reader. And I can't think how many times I've read a good light poem.. perhaps once or twice. In my mind it seems to be so much harder for any poet to write, and yet she succeeds here in this book. The Treekeeper's Tale acts like a balance to the rest of her work. It has all the elements of confessional poetry, and there still remains an echo of her previous writing, but this finds something spiritual at the same time. It is a great book and the direct conversation the poet might have with its reader is one of seclusion and transformation.
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I keep this book by my bed and like to read a poem or two before dropping off to sleep. I sometimes think is stimulates my dreaming mind to have more vivid dreams. It is very dreamlike in its content. Just love these poems. I can relate to them in some sort of far off place in my primal mind. If you are a poetry reader I can recommend this book to you. I have not grown tired of rereading these poems.
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