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My Darling from the Lions
My Darling from the Lions | Rachel Long
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Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 'This debut collection is the modern poetry we need to read right now' Stylist 'An enchanting and heartwarming new voice in poetry.' Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other 'Beautiful. I'm so glad it was written.' Hollie McNish, author of Nobody Told Me Rachel Longs 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.
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BkClubCare
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Me: “Esther, want to help me review this book?”

Esther: “Sure? If I don‘t have to get up.”

So, not my personal favorite poetry collection but I grant the poet‘s sense of delight and assuredness in her craft. I sense but couldn‘t access the place/time and pain, or so abstract to my relatability? I appreciate a few of these very much, and recognize my own bridge to cross to get there.

##DogsofLitsy #EstherAssisting #Whpg #sunlightjuxtapositions

Julsmarshall I ❤️💚💙💜❤️ Esther! What a beauty! 6mo
BkClubCare @Julsmarshall - She looks thrilled, I know. (She is a good sport) 6mo
LeahBergen Hello, Esther! 😘 6mo
EvieBee Awww! 😍😍 6mo
BkClubCare Ugh, how did I forget to put this on my BookSpinBingo card?! 6mo
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TrishB
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Enjoyed this collection. Some very clever and funny verse.

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“A diary isn‘t a diary till you won‘t show anyone.” (This made me chuckle.)
#poetry #readapoemeveryday #CaresPieShow #CoconutCreamPie #staycation

Cathythoughts Good one 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
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Bit of an audiowalk this afternoon with Rachel Long. This felt very personal - the sort of conversation you‘d have in lowered tones with your closest friends. I liked this a lot. Get the audio.

TrishB That sounds good 👍🏻 1y
TrishB And I‘m jealous of your walk ❤️ 1y
rockpools @TrishB I think you‘d like the book. And the walk. I‘m jealous of your hair! 😘 1y
LeahBergen I‘m jealous of your walk, too! 😍 1y
TrishB Lol 😁 1y
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