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Re·creation: A Queer Poetry Anthology

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In 2021, supported by Creative Scotland, the Re·creation project invited anyone in Scotland and the UK to write poems, develop their craft, and build a community through workshops, round-table feedback and 1-to-1 mentorship.

The project took its inspiration from Audre Lorde, and its title from her poem of the same name, placing roots in play, refreshment, recovery, restoration and creativity. The Re·creation anthology contains new work from nearly 30 writers of the LGBT+ community across the UK, including Joelle Taylor, Mary Jean Chan, Nat Raha, Harry Josephine Giles, Patience Agbabi, Christopher Whyte, Dean Atta, Jay Gao, and Andrew McMillan.

The poets in Re:creation make up a new and vivid constellation. This is a bright, interlocking anthology that focuses a clear light on experiments from new and established voices. The poems here are full of exciting suppositions, recoveries, and together make a collective language strong enough to shine the way to new possibilities for queer poetry, bringing us closer to a place where the air, as Andres N. Ordorica has it, is ‘renewed and free’.
– Seán Hewitt

In this powerful and affecting anthology, queer experience – and queer poetics – are brought to life with complexity, vividness, beauty and formal innovation. An anthology that allows richness, shuts down no question, and offers the reader a selection of the very best queer poets at work today.
– Alice Tarbuck

Éadaoín Lynch is an Irish poet & researcher based in Edinburgh, whose work has been published previously in The Kindling Journal, the Fawn Press anthology Elements, and shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the London Magazine Poetry Prize. Their debut pamphlet, Fierce Scrow, is forthcoming from Nine Pens Press in August 2022.

Alycia Pirmohamed is author of the pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind, and co-author of Second Memory. In 2020 Alycia was the winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her debut poetry collection Another Way to Split Water is forthcoming with YesYes Books (US) and Polygon Books (UK) in 2022.

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