Such a Sweet Singing

by Kirsty Gunn

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LoveReading Expert Review of Such a Sweet Singing

This beautifully-presented anthology of female-penned poems is set to inspire, support and uplift women from all walks of life.

Complied by novelist and short story writer Kirsty Gunn, with its title taken from a Gertrude Stein poem, Such a Sweet Singing is a soul-stirring collection of poems that have been chosen for their power to empower women. Sharing female voices that sing through the centuries - from Sappho through to contemporary writers - it’s a volume to savour and return to. A book to share and gift. 

As Gunn sets out in her lucid, rousing introduction, “we go to poetry to be nourished”, and so she’s selected poems that might nourish women from all walks of life - women of “all ages and backgrounds”. The selections have been smartly themed, with chapters covering Courage, Love, Imagination, Family, Home, and Life, and every spread supplemented by stylish, unobtrusive illustrations.

Possessing the sway to slow us down, fire us up, and spark meaningful reflection, Such a Sweet Singing is a book worth shouting about, whispering with, and treasuring. 

Joanne Owen

Such a Sweet Singing Synopsis

A beautiful collection of poems to nourish, inspire and change the people who read them.

Here is poetry for those no longer being spoken to but speaking, no longer being looked at but looking, from the contemporary voices of Fiona Benson and Jane Yeh to the evocative imagery of Christina Rossetti, Anna Akhmatova and Emily Dickinson. Even the haunting voices of Sappho, Venmaniputti and Li Qingzhao sing out to us from across the centuries.

These poems span the worlds of desire and care, responsibility and work, family and friends. Their words empower us with strength and courage, fill us with verve and spirit, and inspire creativity and imagination. Here are poems written by women, with women's lives in mind. As Gertrude Stein writes, 'such a sweet singing' is in the poetry that comes to us clear and lovely from out of the dark.

Read these poems aloud. Remember them. Share them.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781849947152
Publication date: 7th April 2022
Author: Kirsty Gunn
Publisher: Batsford Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages
Primary Genre Poetry
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ISBN: 9781849947152
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About Kirsty Gunn

Kirsty Gunn published her first novel with Faber in 1994 and since then has written five works of fiction, including short stories and a collection of fragments and meditations. She is also Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, where she established and directs the writing programme. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two daughters.

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