Today's poem is "What the Water Gave Me (VI)"
from What the Water Gave Me


Pascale Petit trained at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of her life as an artist, before deciding to concentrate on poetry. Since then she has published five collections, two of which were shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and featured as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Suppliment and the Independent. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. She teaches poetry writing courses for a number of organisations, including Tate Modern. Petit has read her work at many festivals around the world and travelled to Mexico several times to research Kahlo's life.

Other poems by Pascale Petit in Verse Daily:

Books by Pascale Petit:

Other poems on the web by Pascale Petit:
"The Second Husband"
Three poems
"The Bus"
Three poems
Two poems

Pascale Petit's Website.

Pascale Petit's Blog.

Pascale Petit According to Wikipedia.

Pascale Petit on Twitter.

About What the Water Gave Me:

"Their apparent shared sensibility makes the ventriloquism of these poems entirely unforced, and while Kahloís voice is subtly distinguished from Petitís own, both women have a way of taking painful, private experiences and transmuting them, through imagery, into something that has the power of folklore. They capture the unsettling spirit of Frida Kahlo and her work perfectly."
Poetry London

"No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit."
—Les Murray

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