Jonathan Doering welcomes a new collection by Gillian Allnutt

Thirty years ago Gillian Allnutt, the recipient of the 2016 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, was one of four editors of a controversial anthology: The New British Poetry. Each of the editors began their section with a foreword. Gillian Allnutt, presenting the feminist poets, offered various thoughts, including: ‘Poetry must be one of the few areas where it is acceptable, indeed obligatory, to try and break up the boxes we ordinarily think in… to reclaim the power of words to affect us emotionally and physically.’

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