One Language


Winner of the 2021 International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Daljit Nagra & Pascale Petit

One Language is a remarkable debut collection. From the perspective of a female photojournalist, these concise but complex and insightful poems draw on first-hand experience of war to explore how damage is generated and perpetuated. The book’s title expresses the contradiction between the lingua franca of photography and the equally universal language of violence. One Language comes to an understanding of personal history and global conflict in poetry that is as immediate and evocative as the most urgent of dispatches.

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Published March 2022


What Writers and Critics Think

  • Conventional verses sit alongside images and agonised questions that complicate the politics of war reporting. This is a dramatic narrative that is constantly disrupted to challenge itself, which makes for a gripping account of witness.

    Daljit Nagra
  • These telegrammatic and compelling impressions from war are utterly authentic and original. The sudden, searing images and bald facts present the un-presentable with rigorous honesty. Each bulletin told me something I didn’t know, which is what a poem should do. Anastasia transports us somewhere entirely different, but without the risk that she has had to take to acquire such hard-won insights.

    Pascale Petit
  • In poignant moments impeccably captured, Taylor-Lind creates visceral and indelible snapshots of war, from the battlefields of Libya to a childhood comprised of both violence and love. An honest, devastating, beautiful and unvarnished glimpse of life and all its trauma, and the subtlety of love.

    Lynsey Addario, photojournalist


Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photojournalist covering issues relating to women, war and violence. She is a National Geographic Magazine photographer, a TED fellow and a 2016 Harvard Nieman fellow. She writes poems about contemporary conflicts and the experiences she cannot photograph.

Additional information

Dimensions 21 × 13.8 × 0.6 cm

Book, eBook (ePub)


978-1-914914-10-2, 978-1-914914-11-9



Publication Year

March 2022