All the Naked Daughters by Anna Kisby
After growing up in London, Anna Kisby studied Literature and Film at the Universities of East Anglia, Sussex and Paris-Sorbonne, taught English in Prague and sold cowboy boots in Massachusetts, then training as an archivist and working with women’s history collections. Her poems are widely published in magazines and anthologies. She won the BBC Proms Poetry competition 2016, the Havant Poetry Competition 2016 and was commended in the Faber New Poets Scheme 2015-16.
‘These pages are populated by bold and brave women: showgirls, mothers, suffragettes, patients, artists’ models, “girls who never grow up”. Anna Kisby is an expert ventriloquist, comfortable inhabiting the voices of others. Her poems are surprising, spare and sharp. This is an assured debut from a poet with tremendous gifts.’
‘In Anna Kisby’s collection, All the Naked Daughters, a book has a physical relationship with a professor, Alice is not a singular Wondergirl but a plural of trodden-down young women. A maternity ward is like a collage of cut-outs; Gardener’s Question Time has been replaced by instructions on how to face austerity. These are glittering transformations: all the poems raid and reinvent the past. They are also extremely tactile and sensuous. Kisby, an archivist by trade, has produced a stunning cabinet of curiosities.’
- Bill Greenwell