Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast was born in Suffolk in 1975. Her first collection, Sidereal, is the winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2012. She currently divides her time between Scotland and the West Country. Author image © Jonathan Boast.


Friday poem: 'Fireshower'

by Rachael Boast

Lying down on a bench by the bridge,
a moon in late Gemini hidden from view,
I think of you who I loved a moment ago
as handfuls of light thrown up in the sky

Light

Light

Picador poetry editor and award-winning poet, Don Paterson, picks a few poems to celebrate the theme of this year's National Poetry Day: Light.

Friday poem: 'Homage' by Rachael Boast

What's the magic of this poem? Ritual and prophecy play a part. And perhaps prayer too. Of course, poems worth knowing often require an act of homage themselves – 'going/back to the same place until it knows you'.

Seven tributes to remarkable women

Seven tributes to remarkable women

To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, I asked a few of Picador's female authors to write a short paragraph about the woman that most inspired them and why. As the responses came in I laughed, got goosebumps, and felt a tear or two brewing. This collection of voices tells of remarkable women. Some stories are funny, some moving; all will – I hope – leave you feeling inspired.

Rachael Boast: poets on poetry

Rachael Boast: poets on poetry

 ‘I see poetry as a way of training ourselves to be able to access what we don’t know we know, through language.’ Rachael Boast kicks off our poets on poetry series.

Rachael Boast: Some Notes on Sidereal

Poet Rachael Boast explains the impetus behind her debut collection, Sidereal, by way of The Book of Job and Joseph Brodsky's claim that language is a game we play to re-structure time.