The shock of
beauty in an unsafe world
These poems "speak a remarkable
vision of the world. Anybody’s world, but one resonant with a
landscape of scarred, bleak surfaces made real and welcoming by human
resourcefulness. […] The many voices that inhabit the poems add up to
a fierce, precise, cocky, compassionate, intelligent, observant, direct,
and (largely) unsentimental work of art. The whole book is a sampler of
unobtrusive poetic skill." - Ian Patterson: poet,
"Caron Freeborn’s ear for
speech, her eye for the strange and telling detail, her empathy with the
outsider and the shock of beauty in her strange and sometimes unsafe
worlds, push the boundaries of language and form. This is where poetry
should go. Freeborn shows us how."
- Elizabeth Speller, prize-winning poet and novelist
are so many truths you might take away from Caron Freeborn's
extraordinary, ambitious poems, but I'll mention only these two:
firstly, that Caron Freeborn loves language; secondly, that the language
loves her back."
- Joanne Limburg, Bloodaxe poet, novelist and
Freeborn grew up in the working-class new town of Basildon, in Essex.
She went to Cambridge at 25, the first of her family to get a university
education. After writing two novels, Three
Blind Mice (Abacus, 2001) and Prohibitions
(Abacus, 2004), fiction – for reasons too private for prose –
slipped quietly away. Three years ago, she finally stopped resisting
writing poetry – always her most important love as a reader. Young
poets aren’t always young. Caron says winning the Earlyworks Press
Poetry Collection Competition has been a real gift: the chance to see
the grubby details placed together.
"Georges Perec is my hero" is based on her entry.
she is working on a novella in blank verse.
"Georges Perec is my hero"
was launched on 5th June 2015, 6.30-8.30pm,
at CB2 in Cambridge http://www.cb2bistro.com/
introduced by editor Mandy Pannett, and featured on radio by Cambridge
105 and is now on general release.
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