The Other Woman by Sophia Blackwell
Longlisted for the Polari Prize
In her third collection, acclaimed performance poet Sophia Blackwell explores connections, relationships and journeys, and celebrates their importance in a divided world. From Brighton, Paris and the Edinburgh Fringe to Amsterdam, Australia and outer space, The Other Woman maps women’s journeys through time and geography, exploring identities, bloodlines, buried pasts and alternative futures, ending up somewhere new and different – the country of marriage.
Sophia Blackwell was born in Newcastle in 1982 and read English at Oxford, where she started performing poetry with Hammer and Tongue. Her poetry has been anthologised by Bloodaxe, Nine Arches, Burning Eye, Sidekick Books and the Emma Press. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Into Temptation (2008) and The Fire Eater’s Lover (2016), and a novel, After My Own Heart (2012). She lives in North London with her wife.
‘Some of Sophia Blackwell’s poems read like Nico should be singing them to John Cale’s viola, some as if Shakespeare’s slut sister taught him all he knew, others are as new as the next dawn. Dirty, juicy, knowing, open – works for me.’
‘As soon as I fi nished this raw, addictive, affectionate poetry collection, I went back to the start and read it all again.’
Kirsty Logan on The Fire Eater’s Lover