By Rhiannon Williams
Rhiannon Williams grew up in London and Cyprus, and studied at Exeter University and at Central Saint Martins. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Melita Hume Prize, and longlisted for the National Poetry Prize. She is a member of creative collective Feminist Internet. This is her debut pamphlet.Seeing Saturn as both a harbinger of gloom and a tool for perspective, these poems draw on ritual and transformation; a boy takes flight following punishment for his sexuality, female helplessness becomes the transportive power of the sea, and familiarity simmers between the politics of a Rihanna music video and of a Greek Orthodox church service. Small town memories clash with big city worries and crystallise as totems of self-reflection, no object or site accidental. From island-bound teenage stargazing to fantasies of outer space calming the London commute, these poems find fascination wherever they look, exhuming and quelling fears, and asking again and again what it means to be a woman in 2018.
This book of Cyprus, love and death keeps crossing boundaries. - Vahni Capildeo