by Jo Brandon
‘When you’ve worked your way past the middle, this change will be over.’
Phobia is the first solo publication from one of the brightest rising stars in British poetry. Widely published, and a former editor of the Cadaverine, Jo Brandon poured years of study, contemplation and poetic endeavor into her pamphlet-length debut.
The poems are skillful examinations of fear and hope, vulnerability and strength, nature and industry; and particularly what it means to be a female in the 21st century, with ancestors peering over your shoulder and contemporaries urging you forward. Experimenting with form and language throughout, whilst never compromising on emotional impact and intrigue, this is a book to delight on first reading, and return to year after year.
“I like Jo’s sharp observational eye ... whole worlds and lives are conjured in the spare but overflowing stories of poems like “These Bones” and “Kathy, GSOH, likes long walks”. These poems of vulnerability are brave, bright and true, and mark Brandon as a poet to watch.”
— Kate Fox
“Brandon shape-shifts between subject and observer, illuminating and enlightening. These are crafted, intelligent, challenging poems, revelling in an imagistic sensuality, a passion for detail and narrative discovery.”
— Rommi Smith
“Brandon has the gift of making one stop and think ... light-hearted and sparse with her language, but also eloquent and serious, with a quiet beauty to her words. A thought-provoking collection.”
— Ciara Hegarty
Date Published: 2012-01-20
Catalogue Number: VP0023
Number of Pages: 40
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
and Marcos Avlonitis
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