Second Place Rosette
Second Place Rosette is a collection of poems about the customs, rituals and practices that make up life in modern Britain. The poems take in maypole dancing, mehndi painting, and medical prescriptions. Much of the book displays an ambivalence towards the land and its rituals, but there is also love, affection and pride. Mixed feelings: what could be more British than that?
The book is published by the Emma Press which has to be one of the most innovative poetry presses in the last decade.
I have a poem in the book about the Mummers play performed in Headington Quarry every Boxing Day and you can read more about my poem and others in the anthology here on the Emma press blog.
I'll be talking about the book with Lilley Mitchell on BBC Radio Oxford at 15.00 on 26 November.