Winner of the 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize
Poetry Book Society Choice

Shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize

Mama Amazonica is Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection, published by Bloodaxe in 2017. It won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2018 – the first time a poetry book has won this prize for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry best evoking the spirit of a place, and was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018. It was also a Poetry Book Society Choice 

‘No one writing in English today comes anywhere near the exuberance of Pascale Petit. Rarely has the personal and environmental lament found such imaginative fusion, such outlandish and shocking expression that is at once spectacularly vigorous, intimate
and heartbroken.’ – Daljit Nagra (judge for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018)

‘Beautifully sad, the imagery inexhaustible, the sorrow and torment both tempered and sharpened by the relish for language and the ingenuity of the imagination.’ – Simon Armitage on Mama Amazonica

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