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Like a Tree, Walking
Like a Tree, Walking

Like a Tree, Walking



104 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: January 2022

ISBN 9781800171954

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Carcanet Press, Ltd. (Jan 2022)
Carcanet Press Ltd.


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Shortlisted for the 2022 Jhalak Prize. The Poetry Book Society Winter Choice 2021. Vahni Capildeo's Like a Tree, Walking is a fresh departure, even for this famously innovative poet. Taking its title from a story of sight miraculously regained, this book draws on Capildeo's interest in ecopoetics and silence. Many pieces originate in specific places, from nocturnes and lullabies in hilly Port of Spain to 'stillness exercises' recording microenvironments – emotional and aural – around English trees. These journeys offer a configuration of the political that makes a space for new kinds of address, declaration and relation. Capildeo takes guidance from vernacular traditions of sensitivity ranging from Thomas A Clark and Iain Crichton Smith to the participants in a Leeds libraries project on the Windrush. Like a Tree, Walking is finally a book defined by how it writes love.


#&39;Industrious and prolific, Vahni Capildeo is a writer of apparently effortless variety in form and content... She belongs to no tribe or school or movement. This may make her a #&39;poet#&39;s poet#&39;, one for the cognoscenti; and yet... she deserves the widest audience possible.#&39; —Times Literary Supplement


#&39;Capildeo remains a sui generis talent.#&39; —The Telegraph


#&39;She is, among much else, a direct and sensual poet, warmly intimate and very funny.#&39; —The Guardian

Author Biography

Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo FRSL is a Trinidadian Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction. Capildeo#&39;s eight books and nine pamphlets include Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019) and The Dusty Angel (Oystercatcher, 2021). Their interests include plurilingualism, traditional masquerade, and multidisciplinary collaboration. They are Writer in Residence and Professor at the University of York, a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Student of Christ Church, Oxford.