Smoothie is Claudine Toutoungi's debut collection of poems.
It takes a tender, exuberant and deliciously dark look at our desire to be heard, whatever the cost; a desire that can be treacherous, comical and sometimes - often enough to fend off despair - fulfilled.
Smoothie plots the wayward wanderings of a beguiling cast of misfits - hotel eavesdroppers, city interlopers, lone wolves, phantom bird-watchers, disaffected language robots and triumphant piano-swallowers - as they try to express themselves.
The poems are candid without being confessional: the poet's `I' encompasses the reader.
Language's smooth surface bubbles up as Toutoungi's characters reveal their peculiarly twenty-first-century disorientations, riffing off loneliness, authenticity and heartbreak as they go.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 80 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/08/2017
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781784104122
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