Sarah Howe won the T.S Eliot Prize for her first collection Loop of Jade, an intimate exploration of Howe’s Anglo-Chinese heritage through her journeys to Hong Kong to discover her roots. “Rich and fierce, Sarah Howe’s poems are alive to the complex stories and voices that cohere around objects, family and place. This is a magnificent collection, surprising and moving in equal measure – I loved it” (Edmund de Waal).
Katrina Naomi’s new poetry collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, is a heartfelt and tragi-comic portrayal of a fraught childhood and adolescence. Central to the book are two sequences: one about an awful stepfather, and the other about a kindly but also comically old-fashioned grandmother.
These are pointed, lively and always entertaining poems.