#TPQ5: JACQUELINE SAPHRA

Collected Poems – Edna St Vincent Millay

Supreme, mould-breaking sonneteer of the Twentieth Century, making it new. You need to see all her sonnets in one place.

Diving into the Wreck – Adrienne Rich

Exquisitely musical, political and romantic. Revolutionary feminism made beautiful.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin – Terrance Hayes

High wire, formal, virtuoso political rage.

Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God – Tony Hoagland

Unbearably moving, angry, universal poems about life, love and death. What more could you ask for? The Handless Maiden, Vicki Feaver Visceral, powerful poems – sustained metaphor as you’ve never read it before.


Jacqueline Saphra’s second collection, ‘All My Mad Mothers’ (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her newest collection, ‘Dad, Remember You Are Dead’ is out from Nine Arches Press as well. She lives in London and teaches at The Poetry School.

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