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Dragonish, by Emma Simon

linePoems by Emma Simon
With an introduction by Caroline Bird
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-64-6

Publication date: 16th March 2017
Page count: 36
Price: £6.50 (paperback)Buy nowline

Loss, love and various severed body parts are scattered throughout Dragonish. The poems are rooted in family, friends and home while also reaching into other worlds: the circus of possibilities, an earth-bound heavenly host, London’s dryads and a nineteenth-century French brothel. Infused with a warm humour, tinged with darkness, the poems tempt the reader to peep beneath the surface of things.



‘There is a heady blend of the reassuring and the unnerving, poems that oscillate between a world where everything is fixed and known, and one where ordinary objects and occurrences are extensions of us. […] Dragonish is the work of a talented and versatile poet whose poems successfully create recognisable worlds made strange.’ – Pam Thompson, Sabotage Reviews


From the introduction by Caroline Bird

‘It’s morning and as you drift up from sleep you linger for a moment, half-submerged inside a dream. This is the liminal space that Emma Simon’s poems occupy. Objects are animate. Time is tangible. […] Dragonish reminds us to squint our eyes and look again, to see life as it surreally is. You’re at home, you recognise these walls and yet something is different, untethered… there was a dragon in your dream… and now there is ash in the air…’


About the poet

Emma Simon is from Northamptonshire and now lives in London, where she works part-time as a copywriter and journalist. She was one of the poets chosen for the 2015 Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring scheme and she has been published widely, including in The Very Best of 52 (Nine Arches Press, 2015) and Writing Motherhood (Seren, 2017). She won the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition in 2013 and won third prize in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition in 2016. [Photo © Andrew King Photography]