The poems in Clare Pollard’s collection Incarnation are about our children and the stories that we tell them. Whether looking at the discourse around pregnancy, describing the pain of childbirth or thinking about surveillance at soft play, they blur the personal and political. Pinocchio, Hamelin, Alice and The Tiger who Came to Tea make appearances alongside biblical tales: the ark, the whale’s belly, the Moses basket in the rushes. There are poems for lost daughters – Amy Winehouse, Madeleine McCann, the victims of honour killings – and lost sons. There are also poems about innocence and responsibility which ask what it means to bring new human beings into this world, and how we shape them through our words.
It was wonderrful to have Clare with us at VERVE 2018 with The Poetry Translation Centre. She read her wonderful translations of Asha Lul Mohamud Yisuf’s wonderful The Sea Migrations alongside Asha reading in the original language, and also delivered a translation workshop. We look forward to welcoming Clare to VERVE again before long!
Date: 23rd February 2017
Extent: 72 pp