by Tamar Yoseloff
published 2012 by Hercules Editions

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The City with Horns

by Tamar Yoseloff
published 2011 by Salt Publishing

The city with horns

Every artist paints what he is

said Jackson Pollock, the iconic figure of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. His tumultuous life and his revolutionary vision provide the storyline for the main sequence of poems in The City with Horns, Tamar Yoseloff’s fourth collection, in which Yoseloff plays ventriloquist to the voices of Pollock; his wife, the painter Lee Krasner; and his mistress, Ruth Kligman (who survived the car crash that killed him). The characters of James Dean, Frank O’Hara and William de Kooning are also woven into the narrative. And it is Pollock’s dictum that provides the departure point for other poems which chart the attempt to find hidden meanings – whether through driving blind on a road at night, reading James Joyce in a Japanese restaurant, or gazing at a concrete wall. In The City with Horns, you will find journeys through the poet’s adopted city of London and through turbulent weather, on trains, into fields that conjure up the past, and around junk yards where treasure can be found. This is Yoseloff’s most challenging collection to date.

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Poems from The City with Horns
  • London Particular
  • Invisible Nearby Sea
  • Alchemy
  • City Winter
  • A Room to Live In

    edited by Tamar Yoseloff, with a Foreword
    by Michael Harrison, Director of Kettle’s Yard,
    and an Introduction by Tamar Yoseloff
    published 2007 by Salt Publishing


    A Room to Live In is a celebration of a unique place in British art. Kettle’s Yard was the Cambridge home of Jim Ede, the visionary collector and curator, who opened his doors to generations of students and art lovers. To mark Kettle’s Yard’s first 50 years, and its lasting legacy, this anthology brings together an extraordinary group of writers, all of whom have been influenced by the house and its remarkable collection. This anthology is essential for anyone who has visited Kettle’s Yard or admires its artists, such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis.

    The book is filled with pleasure

    ––Dame Gillian Beer

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    by Tamar Yoseloff
    published 2007 by Salt Publishing


    Though she holds life precious, she is not precious herself: alert to Tommy Cooper, paper cups, biros, belisha beacons… Seduction, sharp edges, high seriousness, satire–this book has them all… Fetch, her sensitive, sassy third collection, is her best yet.

    ––Anne Berkeley, Seam

    These are dark poems in the best sense of the word, edgy, unnerving, but glittering, too. Tamar Yoseloff can make a visit to the dentist or a lamb curry sexy and sinister. I’ve followed her career from the beginning; Fetch is her most ambitious book yet, and her best.

    ––Matthew Francis

    These compressed and vivid poems have a mind and a music all their own. Tamar Yoseloff is emerging as one of the best poets of her generation.

    ––Thomas Lux

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    Poems from Fetch
  • The Sea at Aberystwyth
  • Silk
  • Shadow
  • The Red Hill
  • Barnard's Star

    by Tamar Yoseloff
    published 2004 by Enitharmon

    Barnard's Star

    In Tamar Yoseloff’s second collection, the spirit presiding over the most successful pieces is the Lowell of Life Studies. This goes beyond the drawing on personal material (often from the poet’s American childhood), to the seemingly casual forms of the poems, the telling details, the tentative observer, the reined-in emotional tone, the particulars implying a wider social malaise.

    ––Martyn Crucefix, Magma

    This is poetry of a strange power, which lingers lovingly on the lush details of life before it stares, unflinching, at its close.

    ––Alison Brackenbury, PN Review

    Tamar Yoseloff is a poet with a haunted imagination. She has an acute sense of personal and historical experience, and a special feel for words and images that ground her poems upon the actualities of time and place. In consequence it is the livingness of the past that she renders in a poetry quick with vivid detail.

    ––Jeremy Hooker


    Poems from Barnard's Star
  • The Saints
  • Snow in Maine
  • The Nolans in Japan
  • Barnard's Star
  • Sweetheart

    by Tamar Yoseloff
    published 1998 by Slow Dancer Books


    It is a striking debut . . . there is much eloquent discussion of memory and the organs in our bodies that give us life. Yoseloff’s writing has a combination of deference and bite, as though it’s a voice that is active and passive at the same time.

    ––Daniel Paddington, Time Out

    Her gift is to make the outlandish look accidental, in a conjunction of love and creativity achieved with warmth and witty ironies.

    ––John Forth, London Magazine

    The monologue, in both its personal-reflective and character-based forms, is not currently a la mode, which makes it all the more pleasing to find Yoseloff using the genre in so bold and blazing a fashion. She knows better than to toy shamelessly with the voices of the dead; her invented personae are bright and motley enough – a painter who specializes in dead pets, the owner of a Hicksville Marian shrine, a woman who falls for a freak-show giant.

    ––Roddy Lumsden, Times Literary Supplement


    Poems from Sweetheart
  • Donor
  • The Visible Man
  • Fleet
  • Biology
  • Anthologies in which my work appears

    Adventures in Form

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    Women’s Work

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    Identity Parade

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