You may think poetry is not for you, but please push yourself a little, go out of your comfort zone and buy bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward ... You will thank us for it (Nihal Arthanayake BBC Radio 5 Live)
One of the must-reads of the year (Rohan Silva Evening Standard)
Another stunning excavator of human heat and light, Yrsa Daley-Ward goes straight to the messy beating heart of animal attraction with bone, mesmerizing poems that strip bare the pain and beauty of negotiating longing, sex and love (Huffington Post)
[bone] will hit you like a gut punch ... Some poems had me weeping; I printed others to pin to my wall for daily inspiration (Marta Bausells Elle)
Beautiful ... Moving ... Touching (Sarah Brett, BBC Radio 5 Live)
Who decided that only a picture can paint a thousand words? . . . [Daley-Ward] examines the alchemy between mind and body - with subjects ranging from trauma to hunger to desire (Elle)
Simple yet potent ('5 Poets Who Belong On Your Instagram Feed' Pop Sugar)
Yrsa's work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you.
A glorious living thing
[Yrsa Daley-Ward] is at the realm of a new wave of contemporary poets who inspire an unprecedented level of empathy and accessibility through their honest and raw approach . . . [A] powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout that are bound to touch readers to their core (i-D Magazine
The perfect title for a book that looks for that hard place between the will and the flesh . . . bone
is a bounty of passionate and pained lines, narrators whose hearts have been turned, twisted, and sometimes stomped, but who remain open and willing - because how else could we live? ('Must-Read Poetry' The Millions
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer of Jamaican and Nigerian heritage. Raised in Chorley in the north of England by her mother and grandparents, she is a celebrated poet and storyteller. Her first collection of poetry, bone, was published by Penguin in 2017.