Today's poem is "I carry you"
from Stray

Blood Axe Books

Amanda Dalton is a poet and playwright. Born in Coventry, she was a deputy headteacher for five years. After organising writers’ courses for four years for the Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank, she is now Education Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Her first book-length collection, How to Disappear (Bloodaxe Books, 1999), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and chosen as a Next Generation Poets title by the Poetry Book Society in 2004. Her second collection, Stray, is published by Bloodaxe in 2012. Her radio drama includes Room of Leaves (1998) for BBC Radio 4, which was shortlisted for the Prix Italia award, and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (2011) for BBC Radio 3. She lives in Hebden Bridge.

Books by Amanda Dalton:

Other poems on the web by Amanda Dalton:
"How to Disappear"
"Cut Off"

Amanda Dalton on Twitter.

About Stray:

"Dark, funny, wise, terrifying. She is searingly matter-of-fact about the most painful recesses of the human heart… She dances round every corner with a grace that many more seasoned writers would die for"
— Jo Shapcott

"Dalton looks in the face of despair and tells its story with unnerving calm"
—Siân Hughes, TES

"She seeks out the fractured minds and lives that live in darkness and reconstructs them with tenderness and skill"
—Tracey Herd, Stand

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