I have travelled far in Japanese silk slippers;
the geishas broke my feet. I wear a fedora hat
for mystery solving and brandy drinking,
a rag tag of skirts …
from ‘Charismatic Megafauna’
Highly Commended in The Forward Prize 2010
The sacred, the profane and the prophetic come together in this stylish debut collection of poetry by Tamsin Kendrick.
In Charismatic Megafauna Kendrick ponders the romantic potential of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, liberates Mr Tumnus from his snow-bound Narnia, composes urgent communiqués from a post-apocalyptic city, and documents the struggle to find love. Kendrick’s unique poetry is characterised by vivid, surreal imagery, brimming with references to myth, legend and pop culture, and underpinned by a genuine, if fraught, search for the divine.
“What to do but applaud the invocation of both WW1 poet Wilfred Owen and the Pussycat Dolls?”
Anna Woodford, Mslexia
“Tamsin Kendrick explores the terrains of love and faith with unflinching directness and refreshing honesty”