If We Could Speak Like Wolves
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If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2011 Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy.
Kim Moore lives in Barrow-in-Furness, and has an MA in Creative Writing from MMU. In 2011 Kim received an Eric Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines and her writing placements include Young Poet-in- Residence at the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
If We Could Speak Like Wolves was selected as one of the Independent's Books of the Year in 2012; shortlisted for the 2013 Lakeland Book of the Year; and shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Marks Poetry Award.
'These are terrifically assured poems — sensual, perceptive, entertaining — which bridge the gap between feeling and utterance with a genuine lyric gift.' — Carol Ann Duffy
'A number of poems in If We Could Speak Like Wolves by Kim Moore ... seem to address explicitly the strengths of this excellent and versatile poet. “The Master Engraver” is about a man whose night-long dedication to his craft – “his solitary light shining for as long as the dark / holds the city to account” – hints at the poet’s own passionate craftsmanship, while in “The Ferryman” the souls of the dead make their own way across “as if the rules did not exist”. This is a poem that both acknowledges tradition and insists on remaking it. Although in many ways Moore’s poems are like the old path she describes in “Walney Channel” – “the spine of some forgotten animal / turning in its sleep before you come” – it is with the imprint of a lover’s foot – “go barefoot / Don’t stop” – that they come alive.' — The TLS
'Kim Moore’s poetry is tough and beautiful. It is also an absolutely distinctive presence: hers is a voice that knows its own mind. Moore’s work is drily hilarious but also mysterious, disciplined but also risk-taking. Exact and exacting, she is modernizing the lyric tradition.' — Fiona Sampson
'Kim Moore’s pamphlet is full of icy-fresh and witty poems which display with total assurance how ordinary settings hide the mysterious, bizarre and sometimes frightening, and how swiftly the rules we live by can unravel.' — The Michael Marks Poetry Award judges
'The poems in Kim Moore’s If We Could Speak Like Wolves are beautifully modulated, decked out in confident, well-judged rhymes, with a keen rhythmic intelligence.' — C.J. Allen, Litter
'What stands out for me is the musicality of all these poems: the lines are rhythmic, and the words dance, and echo off each other.' — E.E. Nobbs
'The title poem, 'If We Could Speak Like Wolves', has the muscular power of the creatures it describes [...] It builds and builds to the payoff at the end; this is not just a stunning portrait of wild animals, but a picture of a relationship "more simple than marriage." The poem works as a kind of slanted nature poem, but the final lines make the reader see it all in a new light.' — Clarissa Akroyd
'Sometimes, a new voice in poetry grabs you and its words and images refuse to let go. So it was when I heard Kim Moore read at a recent Shindig. Her first pamphlet collection If We Could Speak Like Wolves certainly lived-up to those expectations generated by her performance.' — Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Under the Radar (11)