Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in London. She has published six poetry collections. Her sixth, Fauverie (Seren, 2014), was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. A portfolio of poems from this book won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Her fifth collection, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, published by Seren in 2010 (UK) and Black Lawrence Press in 2011 (US), was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize, Wales Book of the Year, and was Jackie Kay’s Book of the Year in the Observer. Two of her previous books, The Zoo Father and The Huntress, were also shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and were Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and Independent. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected Petit as one of the Next Generation Poets.

 

 



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'Pascale Petit is among five or six of the very best current poets of the UK.'  Les Murray

'Our eyes are opened to the abundance and colour of the world, and that world seems remade as a life-giving habitat for the imagination.' — Kathleen Jamie and Maurice RiordanPBS Bulletin

THE WOUNDED DEER

I have a woman's face
but I'm a little stag,
because I had the balls
to come this far into the forest,
to where the trees are broken.
The nine points of my antlers
have battled
with the nine arrows in my hide.

I can hear the bone-saw
in the ocean on the horizon.
I emerged from the waters
of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
It had deep blue under-rooms.

And once, when I opened my eyes
too quickly after the graft,
I could see right through
all the glass ceilings,
up to where lightning forked
across the New York sky
like the antlers of sky-deer,
rain arrowing the herd.

Small and dainty as I am
I escaped into this canvas, 
where I look back at you
in your steel corset, painting
the last splash on my hoof

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