Sensitive to Temperature
£4.50 – £6.00
These poems feel as if they move in and out of consciousness, preoccupied with the language of psychology, tapered by wonder and restraint. There’s a casual knowingness to the work which encourages the reader to also peer beyond their reality, in the hope something new appears.– Anthony Anaxagorou
Accomplished and compelling in equal measure, Alagappan’s poetry tackles the big subjects—love, family, memory, the earth—by setting the planetary and the personal in close proximity. Her voice flickers with intimacy as it celebrates and laments the shared vulnerabilities of human and heavenly bodies. In their deft leaps between the local and the cosmic, these poems always land on the side of hope.
A rare quality I find in Alagappan’s work is the balance between susceptibility and resilience and how these tensions invigorate her poetics. She is an exciting new voice on the scene and I can’t wait to read more by her.
Winner of the 2022 New Poets Prize.
Sensitive to Temperature seeks out the precariousness and sensitivities of language, as well as the fragilities of the world it represents. These are eco-poems that experience time on a human and non-human scale, from the movements of rock to the sources of rivers.
Published June 2023.