Houses Without Walls includes Susan Utting’s poem “Woodwork” which was highly commended for the Forward Prize Best Single Poem 2006. “Woodwork” was also ‘Poem on Sunday’ in the Independent on Sunday.
“These are intelligent, wittily passionate poems. Susan Utting has an eye for real and telling details, and is adept at employing them to good effect.” – David Constantine
“Poets are often praised for knowing what to leave out. Susan Utting knows what to leave in. Ordinary things gain an almost hallucinatory vividness in her richly textured poems. Utting animates life’s brittle edges and her poems carry unforced emotional weight.” ~ Moniza Alvi
“Susan Utting’s underlying concerns, love, loss, memory and the absence of it, among others, are universal, but she reveals them to us through a world that is unfamiliar, disconcerting and just beyond momentary recognition. Her subtly crafted pieces whisk us into a carnival samba of acrobats, nocturnal topiarists, castanets, pocket knives, splinters of broken china, snatches of rhyme, song, riddle, and long-distance telephone haiku. A stunning book, its disarming, kaleidoscope vision takes the reader into the jumbled interiors of houses without walls, into the heart of what it is to be human.” ~ Anne-Marie Fyfe
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