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What to Wear in Bed – 12 Selima Hill pamphlets


12 pamphlets – all by Selima Hill

We will send one out to you each and every month of 2022, as they are published

Includes p&p for 12 separate packages!

WATCH OUT for a very special calendar!

PLUS an amazing zoom event involving 12 of the poets who have endorsed these pamphlets.Sunday Jan 16th 3:00 – 4:30pm




 The delight, surprise, and attack of Selima Hill: an accumulation of miraculous acts of poetry.

WELCOME to a VERY special offer – as we start to celebrate 2022 – the year in which we are publishing a new poetry pamphlet by Selima Hill – EACH & EVERY MONTH!

For £66 you will receive a different pamphlet by Selima Hill – sent out every month of 2022 to your chosen shipping address

This is the equivalent of £5.50 each – and includes post and packaging for 12 separate packages to your chosen address

You can of course purchase any of the 12 pamphlets individually, as they are published – on the first of every month

“What to Wear in Bed” includes the following twelve pamphlets:

January – The Chauffeur
Heartbreakingly honest and glistering encapsulations of a complex blood relationship – The Chauffeur drives, is driven, stokes up the heat and watches somewhat joyful, somewhat bemused as the vehicle trails away. Selima Hill’s voice is, as ever, a smidge above reality yet deeply embedded in reality’s cat fur and teabags. Helen Ivory

February – Dolly

March – Dressed and Sobbing
Straight talking, strange and darkly funny, these poems walk the pathway between the bewilderment and the surprising comforts of becoming an old woman.
‘cosy in our large expensive swimwear’
All the women the poet has been, seem to make their appearances in this marvellous feat of magic; of facecloths, the gratitude of warm underwear on a heated towel-rail and an amazing tenderness. Selima Hill at her best! Deb Alma

April – The Elephant

We usually think of facts as being hard as a quarry, Selima Hill manages to reinvent facts as trapeze works that fling us back to the old truths utterly refreshed. Hill remains among the vanguard poets of the line. Daljit Nagra

May – Fishface
Yet again Selima Hill creates a brand new country out of language and invites us to enter. I urge you to cross the border and take a journey through this enchanted land. Ian McMillan
Selima Hill never disappoints.  She shines a torch into the corners of small worlds, lights up the strangest of details and oddest of angles.  Fishface is sad, beautiful and completely compelling.   Emma Purshouse

June – The Fly
Selima Hill enacts all the qualities that we cherish in poetry: enigma, epigram, surrealism, vulnerability, politics viewed ‘at-a-slant’ (Emily Dickenson), laughter and serious play. She has the light touch of the enlightened, the depth of the metaphysicals, the feel for sensuous detail of an embodied sensibility. Fred D’Aguiar

July – The House by the Sea

Selima Hill is one of our greatest living poets. She has always found new ways to speak the unspeakable. Each of these tiny poems somehow contains a vast grief. After reading The House by the Sea, I stood up vertiginous and changed. Clare Pollard
In this remarkable set of poems – something like a narrative, something like a sequence, but also something like a drystone wall or a mosaic – Selima Hill brings a rare weight to the pamphlet form. It’s no longer sufficient, she seems to be telling us, to feel uneasy at the sound of water moving stones on a shore. Without ever saying it quite directly, the intense and often suffocating scenes of these poems make our frayed imaginations feel once again all the burdens we see and hear and cannot quite cope with anymore. That she does this with precision and calm, and flickers of natural light and landscape, makes the thing even more striking.  James Sheard

August – Men in Shorts
Men in Shorts offers us a world of Bull Terriers called Toothpaste and conversations with power boat owners, cricket played in mist and octogenarian romance. These fabulous short glimpses of poems are so alive, a celebration of the world of the park and its fascinating brief encounters – to read the poems is like throwing open a window and seeing all these people there, in all their wonderful realness. Each short poem is so much bigger than itself, suggestive, leading us everywhere, and the reading experience is one of such enjoyment. The pamphlet’s last line might also summarise the joy of these poems: ‘Perfect! Not a cloud in the sky! Jonathan Edwards
The small talk of dog owners is a wonderful thing – Selima Hill’s trademarked sharpness combines tact, intrigue, dachshunds and delight. Chrissy Williams

September – My Friend Weasel
Everything looks innocent from here, says one poem – yet nothing does. This is experience – of a girls’ boarding school in the Fifties, and parents encased in frighteningly gendered armour – recollected in fragility. Selima Hill’s immaculate observations of tiny things offer  hugely compassionate glimpses of loneliness, tenderness and hope. There is no one like her.  Ruth Padel
I have always been in awe of Hill’s blazingly perceptive raids on the unconscious which say so much more and feel so much more awake and alive than any so-called straightforward account could ever claim to. In My Friend Weasel we enter a picture-perfect and nightmarish boarding school, and the minds of its abandoned charges as they contemplate fatherhood, motherhood, absence, femininity, and their picturesque and hellish lot. As you’d expect from Hill, there’s a matchless clarity and honesty to every poem, and it’s beautiful and terrifying. Luke Kennard

October – The Night-Nurse

November – Reduced to a Quivering Jelly
Selima Hill, who always wakes up the language and stirs up our notions of emotional and social propriety, is up to her brilliant tricks once again. This time she confounds us with the spectacle and spectre of age, alternately threatening us with what dementia does and cajoling our compassion for last journeys. Compelling and salutary. Fiona Sampson

December – Susan
Selima Hill is expert in her craft, and wonderful at creating juxtapositions that surprise. This new pamphlet, a sequence about love and loss, is a thing to celebrate. Michael Mackmin
Just knowing Selima Hill is in the world gives me great joy. Freewheeling, wayward and brilliantly anarchic, her poems are a singular bliss. Liz Berry

To celebrate 2022 – the year of twelve pamphlets from Selima Hill  I am so excited to present the SELIMA HILL calendar!

Each month will have the photograph that adorns each of the twelve of Selima Hill’s pamphlets – taken by Selima’s daughter Maisie Hill This is a limited edition of 100, and each calendar will be signed by Selima Hill

There will be a FREE event launch for the 12 pamphlets on Sunday 16th January 2022 – in which 12 of the poets who have endorsed her pamphlets will celebrate her work – click here to register for this free event which will be on zoom


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