Picador has snapped up Rachel Long’s debut poetry collection.
Picador commissioning editor Kishani Widyaratna struck a deal for UK & Commonwealth and audio rights from Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander in an exclusive submission.
Described as a narrative collection in three parts, My Darling from the Lions “threads experiences of the learning and unlearning of shame, the body, sex, faith, blackness, lineage, prophecy and healing” according to its synopsis.
Long said: "I have been writing My Darling from the Lions since the beginning really, and of course I feel like my left ventricle is about to be published but with this dream team at Aitken Alexander, I’m also very excited for the future of the book and for it to be out in the world. Not looking forward to the phone calls I’ll have to have with my mum though, explaining why I’ve chosen to write about sex and tell all the family secrets."
Widyaratna said: "My Darling from the Lions is a sublime debut: it’s dreamy but sharply self-reflective, astonishingly bold yet tender, raw yet finely composed, and all a-swim with this gorgeous, melancholy desire that’s impossible to resist. Rachel Long is a rare poetic talent with exceptional things ahead of her, and all of us at Picador are hugely excited to welcome her to the list."
Picador poetry editor Don Paterson added: "Anyone encountering Rachel Long’s poetry for the first time will be struck, as I was, by an utterly contemporary and immediate voice – one that not only energises and enlightens the reader, but entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or formal control."
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