My debut poetry collection, Terms and Conditions, is now available for pre-order from Nine Arches Press, publication date July 14th.
Please do come and celebrate with me at one of my launch parties!:
July 27th – Book Launch & Cross Genre Celebration, together with Jo Bell and Kate Feld, at Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester. More details here.
July 31st – Book Launch & Cross Genre Celebration, together with Jacqueline Saphra, Melissa Harrison and Zoe Gilbert, at Waterstones Gower Street, London. More details here.
“In her debut collection of poetry, acclaimed writer Tania Hershman reveals the strange intricacies of science and our daily lives. Here, we find a cabinet of curiosities: Elvis and Marilyn, fire ants, cake and wind turbines. Hershman gifts the reader with collisions of grief and laughter, joy and curiosity. A wonder.” Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of Clasp and Oighear and winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
“‘Happiness’ as one of Tania Hershman’s distilled, perfectly clear poems has it, ‘is paint’ – both a single lamina and a colourful richness. The ‘Terms and Conditions’ of her new collection’s title are those we live under, whether we want to or not, as we find ourselves poised or abandoned between each other, between nights and mornings, home and far away.
These are poems that examine the rocking point between loneliness and being alone, between a question and its answer, and their inhabitants can correspondingly be individuals or, perhaps, just categories – parent, lover, friend. One poem runs forward then backwards, or is it backwards then forwards? Another’s caesurae equate to the space in the middle of a bed. We find we are as touched by a Monet painting as we are by the fate of a gasometer.
These poems are emphatically not, however, describing that old post-modern hollowness – this feels persuasively like the actual distance between us. Tania Hershman’s work is full of brilliant and passionate observations on dreams, falling, names and dancing, they are moving, loving meditations on how we move and love, what it feels like to be alive.”
W. N. Herbert, author of Murder Bear.
“There is a plentitude and a loss to Tania Hershman’s Terms & Conditions. A plentitude of tones and forms and linguistic playfulness, and a fine sense of loss that spins and passes through the poems like the neutrinos she mentions in ‘Undetected’. I love the collision of the personal and the scientific in this book, the way that the large and small events of life dance a quantum quadrille with language in the light received and emitted by the writer’s mind. There’s a memorable prose poem – in which a cow grazes peacefully around one of the many World War One craters that pock the earth around Ypres – that hints at themes of catastrophe and recovery, the risks and the rewards of oblivion. There are many more striking juxtapositions and surprises to explore in this absorbing, amusing, and moving new collection.”
Simon Barraclough, author of Sunspots
“Tania Hershman’s poems emphasise the humanity and paradox in our civilization of technology and absolutes. Like the airline pilot who wipes down the cockpit window, Hershman endeavours to see, as clearly as possible, the terrain that lies ahead. Manoeuvring easily between prose and verse, Hershman is herself the steadiest of pilots, possessing skill, instinct, integrity and nerve. And though she takes artistic and intellectual risks, she invariably lands the poems safely. This is a sophisticated debut collection by a writer already well known for her inventive short stories.”
Kathryn Maris, author of God Loves You.