‘Tough/tender lyric poems in which the language crackles with life whether addressing the urban or the rural and possessed of a truly exciting inventiveness.’ — Carol Ann Duffy
‘Confusion Species by [another] Poetry Business winner, Suzannah Evans, creates a world of slippage and double exposure in which familiar outlines are subtly unpicked to allow the conflicting categories of everyday life to overlap: “A chestnut snorts, stamps / metalled hooves in the bus shelter / boards the 91 after a man / with a flat cap and a pale face”. The faint uneasiness of these displacements makes the idea of home even more attractive although, Evans shows, the best place to find this is in our imagination, “a place our feet had never touched”.’ — The TLS
‘Her eye wanders found subjects (a vandalised swimming pool, graffiti on a bridge, a group of grazing horses) but she pushes out from these accidental subjects imaginatively, moving from the descriptive to the inventive. Sometimes this leads her to surrealism … Sometimes she finds dark terrain … Sometimes she simply ends at a place she didn’t know she was going to when she began: ‘a place our feet had never touched.’ (‘Leeds International Swimming Pool’).’ — Noel Williams, Orbis
My pamphlet was one of the winners of the 2011 Poetry Business Competition and can be purchased from Smith/ Doorstop here .
Antiphon Poetry interviewed me about winning the competition and you can read it here.