Bloodaxe Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781780373621
RRP: £9.95


All the Prayers in the House

By (author) Miriam Nash

Miriam Nash spent her early years on the Isle of Erraid, West Scotland, where Robert Louis Stevenson’s family once worked as lighthouse engineers. Voices of the island echo through her first collection, All the Prayers in the House, which holds at its heart, the rupture and re-imagining of a family. Shifting and non-linear, the collection travels far from its coastal opening, moving south, crossing the Atlantic, visiting a women’s prison and a 17th century ladies dictionary. Here are poems of ritual and transgression, safety and danger, tussles with the meaning of companionship and marriage. Bold, honest, imaginative and playful, they take the form of postcards, fragments, letters, underwater phonecalls and formal verse – many kinds of prayer, perhaps, for many kinds of storm.

Reviews of All the Prayers in the House

'Miriam Nash's work is thematically satisfying, energetic and dynamic. These anarchic poems are the product of an original and febrile mind. A blast.' – Jackie Kay, Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016; 'Miriam Nash's poems provide pleasure through the variety and veracity of their subject matter, her insight and freshness of approach, and the warmth she breathes into them. Through subtle shifts of key and perspective they remain touchingly accessible, whether recapturing girlhood fears and vulnerabilities or creating semi-dream worlds, as when corresponding with RLS. Equally at ease with a broken line and traditional ballad form, her often quirky ways of seeing are enhanced by the lightsomeness of a songstress.' – Stewart Conn, Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016; 'An already mature voice exploring with great precision our painstaking routines.' – Daljit Nagra

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