Kiran Millwood Hargrave

wide-shining

“wide-shining is a collection of retellings of classical myths constructed with filigree precision. Like a Dali painting, each poem is a thing of beauty and yet each leaves you with the disconcerting sense that something you can’t quite pinpoint is ever so slightly wrong. What makes these poems so startlingly fresh is the precision of that imbalance that lifts these poems from the classical to the absolutely contemporary.

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Published by 79 Rat Press, June 2013. For details of readings go here.

Persephone

Most mornings I can barely stand to look at this
something-like-happiness misting our periphery,
an epiphany spat out like pips from our tongues,
all our half-sung songs stringing along behind us,
and you, dark god, perfect weight above me, telling
me you love me and me drop dropping droplets through
your hand, my stolid body turning liquid as sand and running
our fierce current fast as silver-quick fish, my flick-flecking lips
biting like teeth as I shoal beneath you, held so tight I can barely breathe.

The shift of the seasons sinks us,
and at my brink I tip through
summer autumn winter spring
– all the fast-spin of cold and heat –
fells me as I fall back replete,
my heart beating pomegranate red,
jawing my mouthful of seeds.

Reviews

Set in a vividly realised parallel world laced with magical realism, [GoIS] is a mesmerising debut of maps, myths and girls of enormous courage.

The Bookseller, Editor's Choice

I read it, I loved it...gripping [and] beautifully written.

Malorie Blackman, author and former Children's Laureate

Truly special ... Beautiful writing creates a fairytale feel, making this a must-read for young fantasy fans.

Guardian, Summer Round-Up

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