poetry

Glass As Broken Glass

Rack Press, January 2017.
Longlisted for a Sabotage Award
One of the London Review Bookshop's Spring Picks

Available direct from the publisher here and also here, here and here

"[With] formal acuity Martha Sprackland's 'Domestic' characterizes a broken relationship as helplessly frozen syntax teetering on that very word – as – everything that's just happened in a nameless quarrel 'as' something faraway, free of it, clear of it, like smoke or sky. Numbness of spent emotion, wonderfully anatomized: 'Glass as broken glass.'" – Glyn Maxwell

"Sprackland refreshes the domestic and mundane in poems which are outwardly calm, but lit from within to reveal unusual visionary angles." – Eric Gregory Award judges 2014

'In Glass As Broken Glass Martha Sprackland's poems thrum with a delicate fragility. These are words that push gently at life's fissures to reveal a quiet understanding of the splintered and fragmented nature of the world and our place in it.' – Sophie McKeand, Caught by the River

'Martha Sprackland is already a formidable technician. The sonnet is moved through quatrains and and a kind of terza rima, and there is deft and adept free verse. The result is a calm, taut surface to the poems which belies the heightened, sometimes gothic nature of the subject matter.' – Ian Pople, The Manchester Review

'A poet of considerable creative powers, with astute diction and use of imagery, together with a tranquil repose in the sense of time and place . . . she is a poet with genuine talent and insight.' Graham Hardie, London Grip

'[A] commanding teller of the strange stories of others . . . Sprackland's best poems have the power of an irresistible tide.' Alison Brackenbury, PN Review

'[V]iolence or (in this case) "terrible dynamism" is figured with a tender precision . . . Sprackland forces a wonderful fascination upon her readers.' Edwina Attlee, The Poetry Review

'This debut pamphlet refuses to provide easy answers. It packs a lot into so little space.' D. A. Prince, New Walk


Limited edition booklet

Desperate Literature, December 2016


On Sharks

A four-poem pamphlet by PDF platform Minerva. Available for free HERE


'De la lycanthropie, transformation et extase des sorciers' in Poetry London

'Great again, our island nation' in POEM

'from The Uses of Belladonna' in The Scores

'Poem for his knee in the bath' in MISO magazine

'Hey, Who Really Cares?' on Caught by the River

'Pulpo' and 'Superposition and Collapse' on Five Dials

Poetry on Caught by the River

Two poems on The Quietus

Three poems on The Compass

'Dooms' on the London Review of Books

Three poems on B O D Y

'Lessons' on Magma

'Outside at The Lamb' on Poems in Which

Domestic

Glass as day-blooming flower,
television as mortar shell. Television
as volleyball against white sun.
Sun as broken glass, in fragments,
glass as crazy paving on street below.
Power cord as vapour trail.
White smoke as cigarette smoke,
smoke as wedding dress pulled through water,
smoke as blood in water.
Glass as water on street below.
Pavement cracks as broken glass as x-ray
held to box of light. Television as broken wrist.
Power cord as skywriting, as Marry Me
on biplane banner. Television as biplane.
Television as bird. White flower growing
in pavement crack as open hand.
Glass as broken glass.