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Significant Other by Isabel Galleymore

Significant Other

Isabel Galleymore

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication date: 28 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781784107116

The debut collection from the 2017 winner of an Eric Gregory Award.

4 stars out of 5

" may seem a slight book at first, but – like a rock pool – look closely and you’ll find a whole world."

The highlight of her wonderful debut is a sequence of irregular sonnets about spineless sea-creatures. [...] [Gallymore's] style shifts between, on the one hand, dense consonance and runs of metaphor that veer close to Martianism and, on the other, a disarming simplicity, seen to best effect in “The Ash” [...] These small, hard, shining poems are as perfectly self-contained as the molluscs they describe. Significant Other may seem a slight book at first, but – like a rock pool – look closely and you’ll find a whole world.

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