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My Darling from the Lions: Rachel Long with Jack Underwood
September 1, 2020 @ 19:30 – 21:00 BST
Join us as we welcome Rachel Long to read from her acclaimed debut poetry collection, My Darling from the Lions, followed by a discussion with Jack Underwood. The conversation will be streaming via Instagram Live.
Rachel Long’s much-anticipated debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions, announces the arrival of a thrilling new presence in poetry.
Each poem has a vivid story to tell – of family quirks, the perils of dating, the grip of religion or sexual awakening – stories that are, by turn, emotionally insightful, politically conscious, wise, funny and outrageous.
Long reveals herself as a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. But it’s her refreshing commitment to the power of the individual poem that will leave the reader turning each page in eager anticipation: here is an immediate, wide-awake poetry that entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or remarkable skill.
Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, housed at the Southbank Centre. She is co-translator of O Martelo / The Hammer by Brazilian poet and activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme and Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire. Her debut collection, My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador in 2020.
Jack Underwood is an active presence across the British poetry landscape: as one of the first four poets as part of the Faber New Poets pamphlets scheme in 2009, as Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, tutor at the Poetry School, regular reviewer for Poetry London and Poetry Review, and founding editor, with Sam Riviere in 2005, of Stop/Sharpening/Your/Knives, an influential anthology series. His debut collection, Happiness, was published by Faber in July 2015.