Girl, Falling by P.B. Hughes

Girl, Falling by P.B. Hughes

How do we experience violence, exclusion, gender bias? What is it like to face the horizon, the word ‘no’, the full stop?

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How do we experience violence, exclusion, gender bias? What is it like to face the horizon, the word ‘no’, the full stop?

Girl Falling questions the notion of fixed viewpoint, whether politically, in relationship terms or culturally. Key themes of isolation, anxiety and loss are tackled with intellect, tenderness and humour. There is a tension in these poems, between the hope of language and the threat of silence. Urgency informs the work’s rhythm and form. The words of “Escalator” literally crash down the page to the poem’s breathtaking last line.

“A nuanced, refreshing and experimental collection of poetry from a gifted new voice.”
Sarah Wardle

“P. B Hughes's Girl, falling is full of tenderness, lightness, intellect and wry wit.”
Ian Pindar

Girl, Falling is the latest in our series of pamphlets by emerging writers discovered by Lighthouse - a journal for new writing.

About the Author

The poetry of P B Hughes has been published in the New Statesman The RialtoMagma PoetryLighthouse and the Piedmont Journal of Fiction and Poetry. A cold-water swimmer, she has a deep relationship with the landscape of North Norfolk, having spent all her summers there since she was a child. She lives with her children in central London.