Petit, Pascale

Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in London. She has published five poetry collections. Her latest, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, published by Seren in 2010 (UK) and Black Lawrence Press in 2011 (US), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Wales Book of the Year, and was a book of the year in the Observer. Two of her previous books, The Zoo Father (Seren, 2001) and The Huntress (Seren, 2005), were also shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and were Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and Independent. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets.


Pascale was Poetry Editor of Poetry London from 1989 to 2005 (now a Trustee), and is a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School.  She has co-edited Tying the Song (Enitharmon, 2000) the first anthology from The Poetry School. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and published widely in journals including Poetry Review, American Poetry Review and Quadrant. They have been translated into eighteen languages. She currently teaches poetry courses in the galleries at Tate Modern, tutors for the Arvon Foundation, Taliesin Trust, The Poetry School and is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Pascale has translated poems by Yang Lian, Zhai Yongming, Wang Xiaoni, Xi Chuan, Zhou Zan and Amir Or.


Photo credit: Kaido Vainomaa.


- Translation

Chinese Water and Bronze Demons