The Built Environment
Emily Hasler was born in Suffolk. She has lived in the Lake District, rural Kent and London, ending up on the Essex-side of the river Stour. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2014. Her pamphlet, Natural Histories, was published by Salt in 2011.
'The poems beautifully unite mathematics, art and emotion, giving the reader a sense of an environment that slowly shifts under all of our influence, animals and rain included, whether or not we are witting builders of that environment. The Built Environmentilluminates this credibly – making it canonical thanks to its successful fusion of curiosity and clarity.'
Biana Pellet, The London Magazine
'Through questioning the constructed and natural things around us, as well as the flexibility of language, this book generates a restless and creative energy that not only revives its subjects, but also renews the sense of what a poem can do and be. Often, the poems left me trapped between wanting more and feeling completely satisfied, and Hasler’s unwillingness to be constrained by any dominant mode or theme affords The Built Environment a unique place in a poetic landscape dominated by heavily themed collections.'
John Challis, Poetry School
'This is an intriguing, deft collection,
demonstrating Hasler’s spellbinding ability to make the material world leap
from the page.'
Poetry Book Society
'The poet of this brilliant, smart debut truly knows ‘how lucky we are to see ourselves in everything’ and wears that considerable wisdom lightly. We are drawn in with and by her, exposed and comported and instructed.'
Will Burns, Caught by the River
'These poems are finely and patiently constructed, “the thought is latticed, girded by gaps”. Alive to the intangible, their architectural motifs continually shift back and forth, sometimes vertiginously, between the literal and the metaphorical.'
'Emily Hasler's poems invite us to look again at the ways in which we construct - and constrain - meaning, experience, ourselves and each other. They draw on past narratives and historical forms of investment to suggest future possibilities.'
Size: 189 × 118 mm
Publication: March 14, 2018
Series: Pavilion Poetry