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Claire Trévien

"Playful, beautifully curious and linguistically adventurous"

Ruth Padel

Formally inventive and intricately composed, Astéronymes is a book of redactions - and an elegy for places and people that have been ruined by time, erosion or neglect.

Astéronyme, n. (French). A sequence of asterisks used to hide a name or password.

In this follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Shipwrecked House (Guardian First Book Award longlisted), Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien takes us to a place where ancient stone circles collide with the language of the internet.

Trévien becomes curator of imaginary museums, indexing objects and histories with a quixotic energy. The stunning central sequence recounts a journey across the Scottish island of Arran, where myths are carved into remote caves and a mountain hides behind a ‘froufrou of gas’.


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78 pages
ISBN 9781908058348
Published 7 March 2016
Cover design: Ben Anslow


Trévien’s brave new collection is characterized by the maturity of absence, not abundance. Each delicate, almost fleeting poem revels in the poet’s sensitive eye for spaces seen and remembered. A poet is revealed who has, in the interim, honed the rare art of the unsaid.
The Oxford Culture Review

The intriguing and magical world of Claire Trévien’s poems has a playfulness about it as the stone circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany appear in company with the language of the internet.
Ian Brinton, Tears in the Fence

Trévien's greatest talent ... is her ability to take the ordinary and make me savour it anew, with an appetite fuelled further with each sequence of words chosen with painstaking care and instinctual precision. Breathtaking.

Playful, beautifully curious and linguistically adventurous
Ruth Padel

About the author

Claire Trévien was born in Brittany. Her pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery was published in 2011. She is the editor of Sabotage Reviews and the co-organiser of Penning Perfumes, a creative collaboration between poets and perfumers. Her first collection, The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2013), was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and subsequently transformed for the stage.

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