Along with the new Alice Oswald, this is the stand-out Cape poetry book of 2019
Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and a Faber New Poets Award in 2009. She lives in Mid Devon with her husband and their two daughters. Her first collection, Bright Travellers, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It won the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.
Vertigo & Ghost explodes into furious life with a series of
poems and fragments about the Greek god Zeus... jagged, staccato
poems that shoot down the pages like lightning bolts...
an addictive, thrilling, sickening experience. -- John Self
* Guardian *
Vertigo & Ghost knocked the breath from me. Such furious, fierce, ecstatic poems, at once brutal and heartachingly tender; I lay awake at night unable to stop thinking about them. Mothers and children, girls and women, their vulnerabilities and sorrows, fears amidst grave danger, their beautiful animal selves. Against a frightening darkness, these "sore jewels" radiate wild white-heat. -- Liz Berry
This extraordinarily moving collection is a bold confrontation of violence against women. Vertigo & Ghost is one of the darkest, bravest and most unsettling collections I have read in a while. -- Kate Kellaway * Observer *
An exceptional achievement. -- Paul Bailey * Literary Review *
[A] tour-de-force... [Vertigo & Ghost] has generated a lot of (justified) buzz... poems of lasting power. * Telegraph *Poetry Book of the Month* *