Selima Hill

Jutland

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Jutland brings together two contrasting poem sequences by ‘this brilliant lyricist of human darkness’ (Fiona Sampson), Advice on Wearing Animal Prints, winner of the Michael Marks Poetry Award, and Sunday Afternoons at the Gravel-pits. Like all of Selima Hill’s work, both sequences chart ‘extreme experience with a dazzling excess’ (Deryn Rees-Jones), with startling humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish. Jutland poses questions about forgiveness, ‘but the answers, / like Valentines, are never enough’, as she writes in ‘Wolverine’: ‘And can’t he understand / I’m trying to love him but I don’t know how? / And is it true forgiveness is forgiveness / only if the person first repents? / That kindness isn’t kindness but self-sacrifice?’ Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
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21 printed pages
Original publication
2015

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