This is the poetry of wronged and revolutionary women, the new verse that emerges when poets take a sinner and spin her anew. Here, Furies arise from history and myth to set the story straight once and for all. For many, the Lazarus trick spans only the space of a verse in which they tell their tale. The rest of the resurrection, the living on beyond the page, relies on the reader to keep telling and retelling, and then telling once more. Traditionally, ghosts haunt because they still have something left to say. This is their stage.
FURIES is the first poetry collection from For Books’ Sake, compiled following an open call for submissions that attracted over 700 entries from across the globe.
The FURIES poetry anthology is edited by Eve Lacey, and includes a foreword from Jenni Fagan, acclaimed author of The Panopticon. It will be published in the first week of October to coincide with National Poetry Day, and all profits from the collection (a minimum of £5 per copy) will be donated to Rape Crisis England & Wales.
FURIES features both emerging and established voices, including published and prize-winning authors from Imtiaz Dharker to Rebecca Goss to Patience Agbabi.
Within these pages you’ll find some of the best women’s writing out there today, united in celebration of women warriors past, present and future.
To be voiceless is to question whether one even exists — so listen to these voices — for all of those who cannot speak out and for all those who are waiting to hear these words and know them as their own; to all those who understand that rape is a war we must all continue to challenge and fight in every country, every day, from now until the human race finally, truly, evolves. Until then — let it be known that we stood side-by-side on the long road home and said, enough is enough.
– Jenni Fagan
FURIES: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors
Hardback edition with wibalin cover and silver block foiling
Published 1st October 2014
Digital edition also available
The poets featured in FURIES are: Patience Agbabi, Kalliope Amorphous, Jodie Ashdown, Claire Askew, Kaddy Benyon, Emily Blewitt, Malika Booker, Diana Brodie, Nic Campeotto, Vahni Capildeo, Geraldine Clarkson, Meg Cowen, Imtiaz Dharker, Jo Dixon, Francine Elena, Suzanna Fitzpatrick, Victoria Gatehouse, Rebecca Goss, Françoise Harvey, Sandra Ireland, Ailie Kerr, Anna Kisby, Jenifer Browne Lawrence, Sophie Mayer, Jennifer Militello, Devon Miller-Duggan, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Bridget Minamore, Helen Mort, Shelley Puhak, Angela Readman, Susan Richardson, Isabel Rogers, Julie-ann Rowell, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Claire Trévien, Amber West and Rebecca White.