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Selima Hill

(b. 1945)


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(1945– ),

poet, educated at Cambridge. In early collections, Saying Hello at the Station (1984) and My Darling Camel (1988), it is possible to trace the development of Hill's singular poetic landscape, where the everyday is invested with wild flights of imagination, often through her signature use of surreal, extended similes. Her book‐length poem, The Accumulation of Small Acts of Kindness (1989), charts a young woman's journey through mental breakdown and recovery. A Little Book of Meat (1993) focuses on lust and Catholicism through the voice of a farm girl, loosely inspired by Flannery O'Connor. Her other collections include Trembling Hearts in the Bodies of Dogs (1994), Violet (1997), Bunny (2001, Whitbread Poetry Award), and Red Roses (2006).

Subjects: Literature.


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