Jacqueline Saphra follows her critically acclaimed, T. S. Eliot Prize shortlisted All My Mad Mothers (2017) with Dad, Remember You Are Dead. A disturbing relationship lies at the core of poems that confront patriarchy, power and the male canon, and consider the damage dead men can inflict on living women.
These profoudly feminist poems bristle with terrors and tricksters, broken birds and groping hands, fists, myths and shadows – all the harsh lessons a man’s world teaches to young girls and women. With their hidden teeth and piercing bite, Saphra’s poems dare to confront both bthe wounds and woundedness of experience and survival, and joyously recalim their right to be dazzling, vulgar and outspoken. A remarkable collection of poetry that radiates a scorching, redemptive energy.
Jacqueline has made two appearances at Verve Festival, reading with Tania Hershman in 2018 and then as part of our Friday Headline Event in 2020. She also placed in the Verve Poetry Completition in 2018 judged by Luke Kennard and read her poem at the City Poems Competition Event.
Date: 26th September 2019
Extent: 80 pp