Anne Berkeley's poems manage to seem unnervingly direct while coming at you from the most unexpected angles. Whether evoking a childhood lived in the shadow of the Bomb or the skewed reality of a waxworks museum these poems take a clear-eyed look at the world in all its strangeness. -- Matthew Francis Whether via sound-effects ("the swallowing blue of a million delphiniums"), exact images ("the wall was speckled green, like ice-cream in the gutter") or that assurance with facts that convinces a reader ("gold a micron thick laminates the glass"), Anne Berkeley's writing has immediacy. She says it, you see it. -- Sheenagh Pugh
Anne Berkeley is one of the poetry group Joy of Six, with whom she has performed across the UK and in New York. Her pamphlet The buoyancy aid and other poems was published by Flarestack in 1997, and a selection of her work appeared in Oxford Poets 2002 (Carcanet).