Poetry Book Group - Savage Tales by Tara Bergin

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The December Poetry Book Group will be meeting via Zoom

Monday, December 18th • 6:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM IST via Zoom
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Shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2023
Shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2022

Tara Bergin's third collection, Savage Tales continues to explore original territory, bringing the riddle, song and dialogue into a series of formally inventive and blackly comic sequences. Bergin's book asks us to steer our way through a chorus of exchanges and situations, as she charts the fraught course between the making of individual poems and, uneasy bedfellow of this sustained activity, an authority which is always here called into question. Dramatizing the contemporary and the classic with great wit, ingenuity and panache, Savage Tales confirms Bergin as one of the outstanding poets of our time.


'Savage Tales is generous and humane and utterly compelling... Quite a lot of everything is within this extraordinary book.'
Stephen Sexton, Irish Times

'The poems, or poetic fragments, in Savage Tales seem to quiver with a strange, uncanny sense that something is always about to happen. Bergin's third collection manages to be both compelling and disturbing and yet also, somehow, filled with joy too.'
Katy Mack, The Poetry Society

'It is a book of puzzles, paradoxes, oddities and fragmented observations... these tiny stories feel sinister and unsettling'
Andy Croft, Morning Star

Tara Bergin

About the Author

Tara Bergin is from Dublin, Ireland. She now lives in the North of England. She has published three collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, This is Yarrow (winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry), The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes) and Savage Tales (shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize).

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