Welcome to the website of UK poet Pascale Petit.
Pascale’s seventh collection Mama Amazonica, published by Bloodaxe in 2017, won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018, was a Poetry Book Society Choice, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Roehampton Poetry Prize. It is set in a psychiatric ward and the Amazon rainforest, and draws on her travels in the Peruvian Amazon. Pascale’s sixth collection, Fauverie (Seren), was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. In 2018 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
‘Mama Amazonica is an unforgettable read – rich with metaphor, the poems explode on the page with the multiple narratives of motherhood, illness, pain, and redemption. All of this set in a rainforest that is both mythic and vividly alive. This is a book that feels almost magical in its unlikeliness, and that for me is what made it a clear winner.’ – Tahmima Anam, on behalf of the judges, RSL Ondaatje Prize
This is a major literary feat, and this a brilliant sequence of poems. It burns in its own supranatural light. – Tim Liardet & Vona Groarke, PBS Bulletin on Mama Amazonica