Kim Moore, in her lively debut poetry collection, sets out her stall in the opening poems, firmly in the North amongst My People: who swear without knowing they are swearing scaffolders and plasterers and shoemakers and carers . The poet s voice is direct, rhythmic, compelling. The lives of others also feature throughout, including a quietly devastating central sequence, How I abandoned My Body To His Keeping: the story of a woman embroiled in a relationship marked by coercion and violence. These are close-to-the-bone pieces, harrowing and exact.
Kim was the first poet we ever booked for Verve Festival way back in 2016! If she hadn’t said yes, it is likely that none of this would have happened. She was also a huge source of advice and guidance at the time having recently set up Kendal Poetry Festival in Cumbria, which continues to go from strength to strength!
Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2016
Date: 14th April 2015
Extent: 72 pp