Beauty/Beauty - Winner of the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize

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Shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017, the TS Eliot Prize 2015, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2015 and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2016.
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.

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Rebecca Perry's Beauty/Beauty is, immediately, a vivid and charming book - but it is also doing something new. Its readers will find that Perry has invented and made her own a kind of poem which seems to have a white fracture in it, a formal manoeuvring that accentuates the tenderness and intelligence of this remarkable debut. Not since Jo Shapcott's Electroplating the Baby or Simon Armitage's Zoom! has a poet emerged with such a distinctive, original voice. --John McAuliffe

Richly self-reliant, these are poems for the girl-power generation. In a world where all is relative, subjective and ironic, their breakages and weaknesses and contradictions get as close to something like sincerity as most young poets dare. --Kate Bingham, Poetry Review

All of the poems in this debut, shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize, search for the impossible-to-find... Perry has a chatty, sometimes superficial tone that belies her wry wisdom. --Evan Jones, Guardian

About the Author:

Rebecca Perry was born in 1986 in London. She graduated from Manchester's Centre for New Writing in 2008 and currently lives in London where she works in publishing. Her poems have appeared in many magazines. Her pamphlet, little armoured (Seren), 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. Her first book-length collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and is shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017. It was also shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2015, the TS Eliot Prize 2015 and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2016.

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