Complete Works poet Natacha Bryan’s first pamphlet. "spellbinding incantations that transmute trauma" - Pascale Petit
Complete Works poet Natacha Bryan’s first pamphlet is poised between memory and history, poem and ritual. Based upon Bryan’s winning entry for the Pighog Pamphlet Competition, this pamphlet marks the arrival of a distinctive, commanding voice in UK poetry, balancing lyric subtlety with almost magical intensity. Drawing upon her background as a London-based writer, Bryan’s work entwines itself with the varied strands of American, Carribbean and African culture to create a dazzling, humane debut: from tales of Jazz- and Blues-men to lyrical searches for Black Americans committed to 1930s mental institutions, Bryan’s polyphonies are inexorably drawn together by the deft lyricism of her work. Within the spaces of her poetry, each individual story that Bryan picks out in such intimate detail finds its ties to a larger, more challenging whole. Uncompromising in the rawness of its portraiture, yet totally human in its treatment of its varied subjects, this is a mesmerising performance by one of the UK’s most exciting emergent poets.
'Natacha Bryan’s poems are spellbinding incantations that transmute trauma... Moments of magical realism, together with Natacha’s mesmerising musicality, offer us the possibility of divine redemption, which is of course poetry, where “the door is a wing on a thread”.’ – Pascale Petit