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24-26 High Street, B4 7SL Birmingham, United Kingdom
Launch of 'Unable Mother', my first full-length book of poems, published by V. Press Poetry.
Join me and three of my favourite women poets, Claire Walker Deborah Alma and Izzy Galleymore to celebrate the birth of this beautiful blue book; to share in our stories of womanhood, and support the independent press that has given my words a home.
I'm both nervous and excited to share my shadowy instances of motherhood with the world. The difficulties we can face as mothers isn't much talked about. However, a new surge of voices are bringing its complex terror-beauty to the fore in poetry. And I'm happy (nervous-happy!) to be one of them.
In the spirit of words, we'll be hosted by Waterstones in Birmingham. Thank ...you Stuart for your endless guidance and support!
Jane Commane started a bit of a cake trend too. Cakes of three sizes and shapes will be served after readings, along with coffee, tea, wine...you name it (if they've got it!).
Tickets will be available soon. Keep your eye on this page for full details.
About 'Unable Mother'
“This work challenges our abstract and cosy notions of motherhood with a brutal and vulnerable delve into the psyche. Calcutt grapples, sometimes violently, sometimes with aching tenderness, each hard-won line “like squeezing/flesh and fruit from the bone,/this terrible love”. This is an intimate book, the kind that comes in close to your ear to whisper dark secrets and unavoidable truths. These poems are spare, careful, insistent – and devastatingly good.” Robert Peake author of The Knowledge.
‘Helen Calcutt’s poems are full of surprising and intricate moments – they unfold like origami, deftly packing and unpacking themselves into new forms and presenting the reader with confidences, secrets and insight, the tender words for the things that are hard to say. In their explorations of motherhood, loss and discovery, Calcutt’s poetry is steeled with precise language, always finding clarity forged in the heart of experience. These are intimate poems which are felt in the body, and written with a keen physicality – “love is meant to live on in the body” writes Calcutt, “My flesh making heaven of it.” In their makings and re-makings, each poem here reveals this to be a remarkable and potent debut. ‘ Jane Commane editor at Nine Arches Press.
Sample poem 'The Listening Tree'