A collection of poems that offer a fresh perspective on the heights we scale and the distances we run, the routes we follow and the paths we make for ourselves. It also includes odes to the women who dared to break new ground - from Miss Jemima Morrell to the modern British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who died descending from the summit of K2.
'When we climb alone en cordee feminine, we are magicians of the Alps - we make the routes we follow disappear'
The poems of Helen Mort's second collection offer an unforgettable perspective on the heights we scale and the distances we run, the routes we follow and the paths we make for ourselves.
Here are odes to the women who dared to break new ground - from Miss Jemima Morrell, a young Victorian woman from Yorkshire who hiked the Swiss Peaks in her skirts and petticoats, to the modern British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who died descending from the summit of K2.
Distinctive and courageous, these are poems of passion and precipices, of edges and extremes. No Map Could Show Them confirms Helen Mort's position as one of the finest young poets at work today.
Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in nearby Chesterfield. Five times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. Her first collection, Division Street (2013), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2014, she was named as a 'Next Generation Poet', the prestigious accolade announced only once every ten years, recognising the 20 most exciting new poets from the UK and Ireland. No Map Could Show Them (2016), her second collection, about women and mountaineering, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Helen has been the Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence and the Derbyshire Poet Laureate and was named one of the RSL's 40 under 40 Fellows in 2018. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Sheffield. Black Car Burning is her first novel.
Mort's assurance keeps us on edge, but trustful. One could say she doesn't put a foot wrong. Her style is spare, showing bone without too much flesh... This is a strong, fierce collection. -- Peter Scupham Literary Review Superb young Sheffield poet. -- Horatia Harrod Financial Times A perfect response to the chauvinism face by the earliest female mountaineers... This precise, sparky and constantly surprising book more than holds its own. -- Roger Cox Yorkshire Post Wonderfully playful... In the crowded field of mountain literature, this precise, sparky and constantly surprising book more than holds its own. -- Roger Cox Scotsman A highly intelligent, yet very accessible collection and an interesting addition to the ongoing discussion of where our culture is with gender identity... There is something which feels very necessary about this collection and there are moments throughout where it feels like a worthy successor to The Feminine Gospels and The World's Wife. Huffington Post
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