Beauty/Beauty

Beauty/Beauty

by Rebecca Perry

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Overview

The world of Beauty/Beauty is 'built from the nose/out, like a painting', accumulating its various feelings, ideas, objects, disappointments and joys to the point of almost overflowing. Preoccupied with demise and loss, as well as reimagination and regeneration, Rebecca Perry's debut collection has the duality and symmetry of its title at its core. Beauty/Beauty is a book with tenderness running through its veins, exploring salvation, reparation and the fullness of being alive; the difficulty of defining what love is, the heartbreak, the faraway friends, the overwhelming abundance of things in museums. It is alive with memories, with old loves hanging around in the corners of dark rooms, ghost mouths hidden inside the mouth you are kissing, and eulogies to dearly departed pets. Each poem creates its own tiny world to be lived in and explored; a stegosaurus is adored, a million silver spiders play dead, a list of flowers is not really a list of flowers, adorable dogs want to be friends, the flightless grow wings, and the stars turn green. Beauty/Beauty was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017, and was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780371450
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
Publication date: 01/25/2015
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Perry was born in 1986 in London. She graduated from Manchester’s Centre for New Writing in 2008 and lives in London. Her first pamphlet, little armoured (Seren, 2012), won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Throughout 2014 Rebecca worked in collaboration with the Glej Theatre in Slovenia, writing a performance piece called Silent City, exploring the lives of European youth. She edits the online journal Poems in Which and was Writer Fellow at Manchester University in 2016, and has published several pamphlets including little armoured (Seren, 2012), which won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice; cleanliness of rooms and walls (If a Leave Falls Press, 2017); insect & lilac (2019), co-authored with Amy Key from a joint residency at Halsway Manor (the National Centre for Folk Arts); and beaches (Offord Road Press, 2019). Her first book-length collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017, and was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection. Her second book-length collection, Stone Fruit (Bloodaxe Books, 2021), was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Table of Contents

I The Human Heart is Curved Like a Road

Pow 10

Flowers, Love etc 11

Other Clouds 12

Wasp 13

Alabaster Baby 14

A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages 16

II My Skin Is

Sweetheart, come 20

Windows 21

Over/wintering 22

The woman in the sun, a letter 23

A Guide to Love in Icelandic 24

Kintsugi 26

III Licking the Flavour

The boy 30

Django Fontina 31

Hello, Little Bird 32

Ergonomics 34

Junk Mail 35

Immortelle 36

IV When a Dog Goes to Heaven the Stars are Green

All the Sad Movies 41

Baba Ghanoush 42

The Pet Cemetery 43

Dear Stegosaurus 44

Pepo 45

The Year I Was Born: the day by day chronicle of events in the year of your birth 46

V Some People are Said to Be Sleepless

My grandfather considers his life in three stages 50

Shifting 52

Phonograph 53

Casida of the Dead Sun 55

The Glass Boat 56

Hungry 59

VI With Perfectly Symmetrical Face

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey 62

On serendipity 64

Poor Sasquatch 65

Exemplifying Grace 67

Character Development of the Lovers 68

A Most Satisfactory Dreamlife 70

VII I Am Cargo

Soup Sister 74

Is transported on a ship from Y to Z 76

How the earth increases 78

Estrapade 80

Poem in which the girl has no door on her mouth 81

A Woman's Bones Are Purely Ornamental 82

Notes 87

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