- Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
- Forward Prize Short-list for Best Individual Poem:
‘Polley’s short narratives grow more nightmarish, and the element of reticence and mystery in the earlier volume deepens in ambiguous love poems.’ (Alan Brownjohn in The Times)
‘[The Brink’s] short, tough, well-wrought poems, with their satisfying-in-the-mouth vowels, seemed as indebted to song lyrics as to British poetry after Auden…readers interested in the shiftiness and complexity which characterise most human experience will find much to reward them here… Little Gods is a book of darting apperceptions, fragmentary illuminations, often daringly unanchored by any conventional working-through.’ (Fiona Sampson in the Liberal)
Read ‘The Cheapjack’ from Little Gods here