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Darling, It’s Me

Alison Winch

"One of the cleverest, filthiest, most incendiary debuts I’ve ever read."

Clare Pollard
published in paperback with french flaps

Candid, contemporary and comic, Darling, It’s Me by Alison Winch confronts the ecstatic joys and gruelling realities of motherhood and marriage.

Relationships are tested in a seaside hotel, a therapist diagnoses trust issues, and a ‘milk-wracked’ baby is breastfed in an artisan café. Delighting in anachronism, Alison Winch’s visceral and fiercely feminist poems rewire Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale and lampoon the great male philosophers of the Enlightenment, casting Thomas Hobbes as a sleep-deprived working mum, ‘alert to phlegm, snot, shit’.

Explosive, daring and indecent, Darling, It’s Me brings the confessional lyric into focus against a historical backdrop, making of poetry a ‘ fervent resistance’ to patriarchal control.

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88 pages
ISBN 9781908058676
Published 1 June 2019
Cover design: Penned in the Margins


Alison Winch’s sustained attack on the ‘patriarchals’ — their literary canon, philosophy and institutions — is one of the cleverest, filthiest, most incendiary debuts I’ve ever read. Rimbaud deranged by morning sickness.
Clare Pollard

From the moment you enter the world of this book, where quym, trollop and coquillard share the pages with burpees, the 29 bus and egg tagliatelle, you’ll find yourself being tossed between apparent reality and nightmare hallucination. These precise and musical poems emerge in controlled bursts, reverberating up and down the centuries to create a soundscape of rage and furious imagination moderated by intellectual rigour. Think Anne Sexton coupled with Geoffrey Chaucer going heavy on the gas and air. A visceral, glorious and liberating attack on gender roles and the constraints of patriarchy.
Jacqueline Saphra

Winch's tools are tone, register, lexicon, and knowledge; she uses them powerfully. This is great work. The solidarity of the sisterhood is alive and it spans the centuries.
Katy Evans-Bush, Poetry London

Powerful and clever poems ... an utterly unique voice, witty, outrageous, and subversive.
Chris Cusack, Indierecs

Winch always rips the cosy fluff of literary convention from her material. Linguistic bravura bubbles up like an inexhaustibly subversive underground spring.
Carol Rumens, The Poetry Review

About the author

Alison Winch’s debut pamphlet, Trouble (The Emma Press, 2016), was one of The Poetry School’s Books of the Year. She has received a Hawthornden Fellowship and has been published in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Long Poem Magazine, Magma, Poetry Wales and Oxford Poetry. She lives in Norwich, where she is a Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has published two books of criticism, Girlfriends and Postfeminist Sisterhood (Palgrave, 2013) and the anthology Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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