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Wife (Shortlisted for the “Best Debut Collection”, Forward Prizes for Poetry)

Written by Beth McDonough for DURA (Dundee University Review of Arts) on Thursday, September 1, 2016

In truth, this white Scotswoman reviewing has doubts about prize hierarchies, and cannot say how this collection will be received. Moreover, I am painfully aware that I am ill-equipped to read Wife in the fullness of its cultural undercurrents, and it is absolutely right that this readingshould challenge me. Some of the most extraordinary – and my most loved – voices in contemporary poetry are sounding from the Caribbean. How doubly wonderful to see Tiphanie Yanique and the very excellent Peepal Tree here.

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