Girl by Rebecca Goss
A stunning collection of poems exploring and celebrating female identity from a range of perspectives. The striking cover image is Iris, an oil painting by Alison Watt, whose work inspires several of the poems in Girl.
The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
This is one of the boldest, most inspiring first collections I’ve read. I was particularly moved by Antrobus’s response to Ted Hughes’ Deaf School. The ‘Notes’ section at the back was really helpful in enhancing my understanding of some of the poems which explore aspects of D/deaf history.