The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism brings together three seemingly unrelated poem sequences by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson). The poems in each spark off unexpected connections and surprises, despite their contrasting concerns: jealousy in 'Doormat' (being the object of someone else's jealousy), little girls in 'Happiness Is Just a Waste of Time', and married women in 'Blowfly'. Like all of Selima Hill's work, all three sequences in The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism chart 'extreme experience with a dazzling excess' (Deryn Rees-Jones), with startling humour and surprising combinations of homely and outlandish.
Selima Hill's Gloria: Selected Poems (2008) draws on books including Saying Hello at the Station (1984), My Darling Camel (1988), The Accumulation of Small Acts of Kindness (1989), A Little Book of Meat (1993), Aeroplanes of the World (1994), Violet (1997), Bunny (2001), Portrait of My Lover as a Horse (2002), Lou-Lou (2004) and Red Roses (2006). Violet was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for all three of the UK's major poetry prizes, the Forward Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Whitbread Poetry Award. Bunny won the Whitbread Poetry Award and was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent collections from Bloodaxe are The Hat (2008), Fruitcake (2009), People Who Like Meatballs (2012), shortlisted for both the Forward and Costa poetry prizes, and The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism (2014). She has lived in Dorset for the past 35 years.