"Brain Fugue is as inventive and playful as we’ve come to expect from this glorious poet: pulling as she does English poems from inside of a French mind, equally at home or estranged in England or France. Claire can bring concepts, ideas and feeling to life with phrase after startling turn of phrase. She can play with form to create new and exciting ways of placing words on the page. But as with much play, things can quite easily tip into becoming a more serious kind of struggle. The struggle to feel settled – to understand – and finally, the struggle to find some kind of inner peace. Because lively energy and brilliance can also speak of the frantic attempt to find solutions that are never quite within reach."
Astéronyme, n. (French). A sequence of asterisks used to hide a name or password.
In this follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Shipwrecked House (Guardian First Book Award longlisted), Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien takes us to a place where ancient stone circles collide with the language of the internet.
Trévien becomes curator of imaginary museums, indexing objects and histories with a quixotic energy. The stunning central sequence recounts a journey across the Scottish island of Arran, where myths are carved into remote caves and a mountain hides behind a ‘froufrou of gas’.
Formally inventive and intricately composed, Astéronymes is a book of redactions – and an elegy for places and people that have been ruined by time, erosion or neglect.
THE SHIPWRECKED HOUSE
The Shipwrecked House was longlisted in the Guardian's First Book Award as the reader's choice. It was transformed for the stage and toured the UK as a one-woman show supported by using public funding by Arts Council England.
Anchors, shipwrecks, whales and floating islands abound in this first collection by young Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien. These poems are sketches, lyrics, dreams, and experiments in language as sound.
Trévien’s is a surreal vision, steeped in myth and music, in which everything is alive and – like the sea itself – constantly shifting form. Fishermen become owls; one woman turns into a snake, another gives birth to a tree; a glow-worm might be a wasp or ‘a toy on standby’. Struck through with brilliant and sometimes sinister imagery reminiscent of Pan’s Labyrinth or an Angela Carter novel, The Shipwrecked House is a unique and hallucinatory debut from a poet-to-watch.
Claire Trévien's début pamphlet from Salt Publishing.
‘Trevien’s work comes as a breath of fresh air, a sea change from a lot of contemporary poetry which sees itself as a vehicle for interesting or odd imagery with nothing underneath it. Trevien’s work is laden with accomplished images, but behind it is wealth of personal, historical, literary and linguistic detail which elevates the work and makes the pamphlet well worth reading.’
— Andrew McMillan, Ink, Sweat & Tears.
PATTERNS OF DECAY
An e-chapbook of poetry published by Silkworms Ink.
Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History is a new poetry anthology edited by Claire Trévien and Gareth Prior.
More details on the website, rewiringhistory.com