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Selima Hill's poetry has been called wanton, wildly imaginative, tender, intelligent, dangerous, defiant, subversive and startling. All these qualities are strongly present throughout Gloria, a comprehensive selection drawn from ten formally diverse and thematically unified collections, each offering wild variations on her abiding themes: women's identities, love and loss, repression and abuse, family conflict and mental illness, men, animals and human civilisation.

Gloria covers all Selima Hill's books from Saying Hello at the Station (1984) to Red Roses (2006), and is published at the same time as her latest collection, The Hat (2008).

"Wayward, funny, terrifying. Her writing scintillates with hatred, love and absurd insights."
Gillian Beer, Financial Times

"Her adoption of surrealist techniques of shock, bizarre, juxtaposition and defamiliarisation work to subvert conventional notions of self and the feminineÖ Hill returns repeatedly to fragmented narratives, charting extreme experience with a dazzling excess."
Deryn Rees-Jones, Modern Women Poets

"Every page reveals her unique ability to invert the world and shake it, until it reveals its truth."
Kathleen Jamie & Maurice Riordan, PBS Bulletin

"Brilliant mischief."
Independent

"She is truly gifted. She invests mundane things with visionary, delirious brilliance."
Graham Swift, Sunday Times

"Hill is a unique voice in British poetry, handling central subjects with wit, great metaphorical beauty, and deep clarity. Her two most characteristic features, the off-the- wall images and no-holds-barred straight talk, work flawlessly together."
Ruth Padel & Sean O'Brien, PBS Bulletin

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Gloria: Selected Poems