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- DescriptionThe Fauverie of this book is the big-cat house in the Jardin des Plantes zoo. But the word also evokes the Fauves, 'primitive' painters who used raw colour straight from the tube. Like The Zoo Father, Petit's acclaimed second collection, this volume has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart, while Paris takes centre stage - a city savage as the Amazon, haunted by Aramis the black jaguar and a menagerie of wild animals. Transforming childhood horrors to ultimately mourn a lost parent, Fauverie redeems the darker forces of human nature while celebrating the ferocity and grace of endangered species.
- Author BiographyPascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in London. She has published six collections. Five poems from her latest book Fauverie won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Her fifth collection, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year. This book has gone into a number of reprintings and was Jackie Kay's Book of the Year in the Observer. Black Lawrence Press published a US edition in 2011. Three of Pascale's collections have been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and were also Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Observer and the Independent. Her second collection The Zoo Father was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was published in Mexico in a bilingual edition. A poem from it was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. Her selected poems are published in China. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected Petit as one of the Next Generation Poets. She has won numerous awards, including five from Arts Council England, and regularly appears in major festivals. She trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art and was a visual artist for the first part of her life. She is widely travelled, including in the Venezuelan Amazon, China and Nepal. She has worked as Poetry Editor for Poetry London and currently tutors popular poetry courses at Tate Modern and for The Poetry School.
- PrizesShortlisted for T S Eliot Prize 2014.
- Author(s)Pascale Petit
- PublisherPoetry Wales Press
- Date of Publication09/09/2014
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationBridgend
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight113 g
- Width137 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine5 mm
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