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from ppf online shop…
“The Last Parent” (Second Light, Apr 2019);
“Let It Come to us All”
“Only Here till Friday”
“The Janus Hour” (Oversteps Books)
anthology – “Ten Hallam Poets”
and Poem Cards & Postcards –
“Older is the strangest town…”
“This Christmas, the Spirit is Rum”
(& in Christmas set)
“Melting into the Motorway on the Inside Lane”
and shop elsewhere…
as translator / polisher –
“aproape. atat de departe / close. so far away”,
Long poem by Lucian Vasilescu,
Anne is the founder of poetry p f and a provider of technical and administrative services to poets and poetry organisations, working with them on a variety of projects. She is the Poetry Society’s ‘Kent North West’ Stanza Rep, a Past President of the Shortlands Poetry Circle, and Administrator for Second Light Network, whose website she designed and runs. She has co-edited (with Dilys Wood) several issues of ARTEMISpoetry, Second Light’s biannual journal devoted to women’s poetry, and contributes reviews/articles on a regular basis. She was the visiting poet at a London care-centre for two and a half years.
Her work is widely published in anthologies, most recently Quartet – the four seasons (ed. Deborah Gaye, Avalanche Books, 2018) and Songs for the Unsung (Grey Hen Press, 2017), and her poetry has been awarded several placements in poetry competitions, winning the Bridport Prize in 2008, the Southport Poetry Competition in 2009 and Poetry on the Lake’s ‘Silver Wyvern’ Award (Italy 2014). In 2014, she was also awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship.
Her first collection The Janus Hour, was published in 2010 by Oversteps Books. In April 2019, Second Light Publications will publish her latest full collection, The Last Parent. See more, including offer for Book Clubs, and order forms, at Second Light.
Following completion of an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, she was selected for inclusion in the “Ten Hallam Poets” anthology (Mews Press 2005, eds Steven Earnshaw, E A Markham, Sean O’Brien). In a review of the anthology in Poetry London (2006), Roddy Lumsden said “(her) tight poem ‘More’ is one of the best in the volume…”. Julia Darling said of the collection that it is “high voltage” and Don Paterson, that “TEN HALLAM POETS represents one of the most astonishing constellations of poetic talent to have emerged in the last ten years – not just from the North, or from our Creative Writing programmes, but from the whole of the UK…”
A strong Romanian connection has arisen through poetry p f’s translation projects with the University of Bucharest. During 2016 and 2017 she led delegations of 6 poets, and in 2018, 5 poets, all participants of the RoPRO project, in visits to work with students of the university’s translation programme. In 2017, a small collection of 17 poems, Let It Come to Us All, was published in English/Romanian, translations by Prof Dr Lidia Vianu, in print by Integral (Bucharest) and in an illustrated online version by Contemporary Literature Press (Bucharest).
A small collection of 25 poems, Only Here till Friday was also published in bilingual editions by Bibliotecha Universalis in Bucharest; English/Romanian in 2015 and English/Spanish in 2016.
I love the way, in The Lost Dead, Anne does not flinch from the macabre humour that can creep into dreadful situations, to help us through. This whole poem is special, I was stunned by it, and it’s immediately followed by The Inevitable Truth of Love, where the poem sings itself into some other space entirely … look out specially for “my grief a sack of fists still blindly hammering…” and the choices to be made in Organise The Funeral And Wake … this collection has moved me greatly.
Caroline Carver (on eponymous long poem sequence)
In this remarkable collection of two voices, Anne Stewart’s passionate poems chronicle the mechanics of handling the Administration after her father’s death. Intertwined, she skilfully weaves poems of loss – her artistically crafted elegies, paying homage to her parents.
Peter Phillips (on eponymous long poem sequence)
Anne Stewart’s poetry is characterised by a view of the world that is quizzical, appraising, unflinching yet non-judgemental: this is how things look from here, it says; take it or leave it. Her poems address, with the same deft lightness of touch, both uncomfortable truths about our time and the surreal in the everyday, achieving a rare consistency of expression without ever being predictable.
Jeremy Page, editor, The Frogmore Papers
The Janus Hour is strong, resourceful and varied, dominated by its music and a sense of quest for survival, for the light behind the clouds. Mercurial, like a Fellini film.
Anne Stewart is a highly skilled poet whose poetry can be highly disturbing. Her sonnets, terza rima and other poems are beautifully wrought, yet her subject matter is very near the bone. Mothers, sisters, deaths in the family and a ‘list of cruelties’ are prominent in this book, which is essential reading for all interested in women’s poetry.
Merryn Williams, editor, The Interpreter’s House
Anne’s poem Still Water, Orange, Apple, Tea… won the 2008 Bridport Prize.
Listen to the poem on Anne’s website.
Read Interview & Poems (Eng/Rom) by Elena Arma at the Translation Café
more poems at Anne’s website