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Voracious in her critique of modernity, Charlotte Newman ranges across the spectra of social and sexual politics – from Brexit to the Bechdel Test via Renaissance art and vintage computer games.
These poems are stylish, muscular and linguistically agile. Always driven by a musical engine, Newman weaves the hard language of politics, technology, finance, science and the law into a new lyric texture. Urbane yet uncompromising, Trammel is the powerful debut collection from a voice that demands to be heard.
An angry, allusive and highly literary debut … this is poetry that is at once personal and political, of the moment, yet offering sudden sublime passages of timeless beauty. A bright new voice for dark days.
Alex Preston, The Guardian
Newman calls for a “barbed”, aberrational, totally un-prosaic expression, and the result is far from easy by electric.
Sam Buchan-Watts, The Poetry Review
Newman pushes language in new directions.
Clare Pollard, Poetry London
Dances through contemporary culture with dizzying light-footed dexterity … A collection to return to for multiple readings, each time discovering something you missed before.
Holly Powis, Disclaimer
Expansive, punny and feminist, Trammel doesn’t fetishise, mysticise, or posture a ‘violence’ towards language, but reminds us how vast, daft and absorbent a material it is when aimed towards complexity. Drawing on an impressively broad field of allusion, register and tone, Charlotte Newman rhymes (when she wants to), nods, deadpans, and generally knows over furniture, calling bullshit, and leaving you with a kind of high-grade, finely-tuned, productive confusion.
17 Sep LONDON Poetry Book Fair
29 Sep LONDON Waterstones Piccadilly
5 Oct LONDON Keats House (official launch)
Cover design by Zigmunds Lapsa
Published 3 October 2016
A challenging, chewy, contemporary lament
Charlotte Newman was born in Surrey in 1986. She read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge and holds an MA with Distinction in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London. She won the inaugural Sabotage Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet in 2013 and was featured in The Salt Book of Younger Poets in 2011.
After a brief stint indexing the entire back catalogue of The Erotic Review, she worked as a journalist and publicist for a leading family law firm, writing articles for national newspapers while also contributing freelance reviews to The Observer, The New Statesman and Poetry Review, among others; she was shortlisted for The Scotsman’s Allen Wright Award for theatre criticism. Charlotte lives in London with her husband, the poet James Brookes, and works as a political communications consultant, specialising in healthcare. Trammel is her first full collection.
Author photo by Jason Leaman