Monica's Overcoat of Flesh

Monica's Overcoat of Flesh

Geraldine Clarkson

Cover artwork: Angela Dufresne 

Price £9.99

ISBN: 978-1-911027-93-5

eISBN: 978-1-911027-94-2

Date:  14th May 2020

Format: Paperback

Extent: 80 pp


This remarkable debut collection from Geraldine Clarkson contains the uncontainable; wondrous, spellbound and daring poems, courageous and happy to roam from South American monasteries to the shorelines of memory, the truth-towers of the self. These bold, often witty and always hawk-eyed poems survey matters of faith, being, tragedy, womanhood and a deep-roaming sense of the here and there.

Elaborate, skilful and formally audacious, Clarkson is a poet of extraordinary and kaleidoscopic vision; her writing always richly riotous with detail, her poems possessing the singular ability to move from the maelstrom of feeling to the stilled moment with an assured, quick elegance. Be led in the dance that these surreal and deft-footed poems lead, allow their music to lift and move you out of body and time to somewhere quite different.

Praise for Geraldine Clarkson:

‘A highly inventive, high energy poet who writes poems that are always vividly phrased and technically accomplished. Geraldine Clarkson is one of those rare things, a genuinely exciting new poet.’  – Daljit Nagra


‘Geraldine Clarkson's poems are musical, often playful incantations that delight in the power of words. Formally inventive and vivid with natural imagery.’ - Carol Ann Duffy


Geraldine Clarkson lives in Warwickshire and is the author of three poetry pamphlets, including a Laureate’s Choice and a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice. She has won the Poetry London and Ambit competitions, as well as the Magma Editors’ and Anne Born prizes, and has been commended in the National Poetry, Arvon, and Mslexia competitions. Her poems have been published widely in U.K. journals (including The Poetry Review, The Rialto, POEM, The North, Tears in the Fence, and Shearsman magazine), and anthologies, and have also appeared in the U.S. in Poetry magazine. She has taught refugees and migrants, and worked in offices, libraries, and care homes. Her writing is influenced by her Irish roots and a formative period spent in a silent monastic order, including several years in South America.

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In 2015, The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press launched a nationwide scheme to find exciting new voices in poetry with Kathryn Maris as selecting editor. After reading through hundreds of entries, and narrowing down the choices from longlist to shortlist, four poets  emerged as the clear winners:  Geraldine Clarkson, Lucy Ingrams, Maureen Cullen and Katie Griffiths.

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