Collection: Are We There Yet?
Available through Smith/Doorstop at £9.95
Review and interview here.
“The title of Sally Goldsmith’s first book asks, Are We There Yet? On the evidence of the poems her book collects, the poet has long since arrived. She has a singer’s ear for natural cadence and repetition, for the ‘the bubbling lips of flickered shoals of fish/ the pops of breath in sacs of bladderwrack’. For all the work’s gravity, its plangent soulfulness, there is plenty of play here too, a girlishness even that feels completely winning. Here is the warmth of horses in frost, the thrown voices of ghosts, and even a wonderful ghazal about a hare, for heaven’s sake! Here is the aching fragility of things and words we still hold dear, our world in all its gorgeous tactile actuality.” Conor O’Callaghan
Singer was chosen by Michael Longley to be one of the winners in the 2008/9 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition
This is a very fine book. There are delightful, exuberant poems of presence and recollection. Sally Goldsmith is a poet-naturalist with a wonderful eye, but also a fine ear for the language of the living world. David Morley
This is the world as we almost know it: risky and seductive. David Harsent
…an acute eye for the visual with a sure sense of music….Goldsmith is an accomplished poet, one whose first full collection must surely be imminent. Orbis
There’s an intriguing tension about this pamphlet. It starts with the understated design which is nevertheless wrapped in a glowing orange/gold cover, and this tension continues in the straightforward and yet often gleaming lines of poetry – one thing pulling against something else. Eleanor Livingstone, Sphinx
This is a gentle, lyrical, at all times good and at some times great collection. Nick Asbury, Sphinx
Sophisticated, crafted and tightly composed, this writing is quite simply, music.Sarah Jackson, Assent
Available at £5 from Smith/Doorstop
Hands and Wings
An anthology in support of Freedom from Torture. It includes poems by Gillian Clarke, Peter Robinson, Penelope Shuttle and others. My poem Are We There Yet was included. Available from White Rat Press.
Hallelujah for 50ft Women
Poem, Down There included in an anthology about the body. Edited by Raving Beauties and published by Bloodaxe.
The Animal Gaze
A poem, Ventriloquising Our Dead Dog in an anthology of commissioned poems reflecting on the human relationship with animals. £5 from Smith/Doorstop.
Anthology: Poems from the City Imagined
Edited by Agnes Lehoczhy, Adam Piette, Ann Sansom, Peter Sansom
Four poems in this anthology. Available at £10 from Smith/Doorstop
The Arvon International Poetry Competition Anthology 2007
My shortlisted poem, Song, was included.