C+nto: & Othered Poems (Paperback)Joelle Taylor (author)
Exploring sexuality and protest through the lens of the butch counterculture of the 1990s, Taylor's lyrical and intimate cantos bring an era and its marginalised people to explosive prominence.
Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2021
Winner of the Polari Book Prize 2022The female body is a political space. C+nto enters the private lives of women from the butch counterculture, telling the inside story of the protests they led in the '90s to reclaim their bodies as their own - their difficult balance between survival and self-expression.
History, magic, rebellion, party and sermon vibrate through Joelle Taylor's cantos to uncover these underground communities forged by women. Part-memoir and part-conjecture, Taylor explores sexuality and gender in poetry that is lyrical, expansive, imagistic, epic and intimate. C+nto is a love poem, a riot, a late night, and an honouring.
Publisher: The Westbourne Press
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 196 x 125 x 8 mm
'Joelle Taylor has produced one of the most astonishing and original poetry collections of recent years.' - Bernardine Evaristo
'A real treat... inventive, powerfully moving work.' - The Telegraph
'Visionary and powerful. I loved it.' - Hollie McNish
'Absolutely incredible... A celebration and a tribute to the dyke bars and the butches who left their mark... This is work that should not be missed.' - Diva Magazine
'A reclamation and a proclamation. A book and a performance. A roll call and a remembrance. A tribute and a critique, not just for the Lesbian community, but for anyone who has had to struggle to establish their life and identity. A powerful celebration of an important culture.' - Roger Robinson
'An altar of a book. Joelle Taylor has an unmatched gift as a poet, memoirist and chronicler.' - Inua Ellam
'A work of fearsome imaginative and creative reach... sonorous and soaring poetry.' - Fran Lock, Culture Matters
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Joelle Taylor recently won the TS Eliot prize for poetry, and I don’t think there could have been a more deserving winner.
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A wonderfully varied collection of Joelle's poetry and more. Forthright and unapologetically queer. A definite triumph and worthy winner of the T.S.Eliot prize...Philippa.
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