Shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award.
Shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize.
In These Days of Prohibition is Caroline Bird’s fifth Carcanet collection. As always, she is a poet of dark hilarity and telling social comment. Shifting between poetic and vulgar registers, the surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us alive. These days of prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, ‘revving on a wish’.
Caroline appeared at our 2020 festival at the Saturday Headline event and delivered an excellent workshop. For our 2022 festival, she is our Competition Judge and will host our Competition Winners event at the festival.
Date: 27th July 2017
Extent: 64 pp