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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books (24 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852249609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852249601
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Chick opens with a powerful sequence of poems centred around the poet's memories of her Chinese/black Jamaican father - a complex, larger than life character who came to London in the late 40s and eked out a living as, among other things, a gambler. But the book is very much more than a personal reminiscence and family history. This is a collection cross-hatched with myth and history, a hymn to London as much as to its characters. Though all the poems have a strong, vividly cinematographic line, they are also beautifully lyrical - sung stories, offering us the glimpsed lives of strangers and lovers. But however poignant and moving it may be, the collection remains doggedly celebratory of life itself, of people and place, loved and remembered. Each poem takes us a little further into the mystery of lives in a world that is as incomprehensible as it is unforgettable. This is an outstanding, unputdownable first collection. --John Glenday

Here is a poet with a commanding style; her voice is entirely her own, both rich and laconic. These are poems springing from the page with vitality, rue and insight. Her elegies are restrained and devastating. An extraordinary debut. --Penelope Shuttle

One of the most memorable readings I've ever attended came via Londoner Hannah Lowe, whose first book of poems (Chick) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, The Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2014... I found Hannah Lowe to be totally mesmerising and I cannot recommend highly enough the book which has proclaimed her one of the 20 Next Generation poets. --Eileen Casey, Senior Times

About the Author

Hannah Lowe was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father. She has lived in London, Brighton and Santa Cruz, California. She studied American Literature at the University of Sussex and has a Masters degree in Refugee Studies. She has worked as a teacher of literature and creative writing, and is currently studying for a PhD. Her pamphlet The Hitcher (The Rialto, 2011) was widely praised. Her first book-length collection Chick (Bloodaxe Books, 2013) won the 2015 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for a distinctive first book of poetry, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2014.


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brilliant!
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This a beautiful book of poetry and I read it cover to cover in one night. I really enjoyed the poems about places in London I know so well - Hannah recreates the vibrancy and edginess of Brixton particulary well. She paints a very poignant picture of her father, a professional cards player. She has a unique voice and even those who do not know a lot about poetry (including me!) will enjoy reading this.
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Hannah Lowe's poetry gives an amazing insight into the story of her Jamaican-Chinese father who moved to London and supported his family by being a professional card player. Some of her poems leave you smiling, others like being punched in the gut. If like me you thought poetry wasn't written for you, then give Chick a try and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
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Fine poet, looking forward to her second collection.
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Bought this after hearing the author on Radio 4 . Quite a small book with , for me very little literary merit but makes an interesting read.
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