Winner of the 2018 Forward (Felix Dennis) Prize for Best First Collection.
A Poetry Book Society Spring 2018 Recommendation. Wandering in central Europe, a traveller observes and records a landscape of lakes, folk culture and uneasy histories.
Phoebe Power's Shrines of Upper Austria gathers numerous stories and perspectives, such as the fragmented narrative of an Austrian woman who married a British soldier after the Second World War, and the voices of schoolchildren and immigrants.
Strange discoveries are made: a grave for two dead goats; a lantern procession on the night of Epiphany; a baby abandoned by a river; a homemade frog-puppet. The poems are a collage of stories and histories, set in a variety of forms and registers.
They are attentive to local detail, rich in the names of people and places - Marija, Omegepta, Eck 4 and the Loser Mountain.
Mixing poetry and prose, image and narrative, German and English, Power's poems are a celebration of creativity in unlikely places.
Against a disquieting backdrop of mild winters and memories of snow, they invite us to question what it means to feel at once a stranger and at home.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 72 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 22/02/2018
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781784105341
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