‘I am not a fish’

© Marie Marshall / Oversteps Books

© Marie Marshall / Oversteps Books

A new collection of poems, published by Oversteps. ISBN 678-1-906856-37-3. Nominated for the 2013 T S Eliot Prize.

“A highly unusual book, with a rich collection of characters including Mr Coelacanth (who claims that he is not a fish), the Lamb of Tartary, the Old-man-of-the-woods and the reputed imputed man.” – Alwyn Marriage, publisher

“[Marie Marshall’s] new book of poems is out now, and it’s intriguing indeed! I’d assumed from the title this might be some kind of refutation of Vardaman’s famous declaration about his mother in As I Lay Dying, but that’s not remotely the case. Instead, it’s a kind of verse narrative full of oddball characters, like something out of a contemporary Chaucer or Castle Waiting. I was lucky enough to receive an early version of the manuscript, and though I’ve only browsed it so far, I’m utterly captivated by the concept. I can’t wait to read the whole thing.” – Samuel Snoek-Brown, author, editor, creative writing tutor.

“Marie Marshall is a poet of substance. Relatively speaking, I would place her at the level of the late Sylvia Plath. I am an Australian poet/editor and for years, I’ve had the greatest respect for the depth of talent in poems by Marie. Do read her work again and again.”
Ron Wiseman, poet, editor, and publisher.

“… her poetry is poignant and of a rare beauty.”
Lyz Russo, author and publisher.

What readers say:

“… I am smitten…”

“… a great read…”

“…Marie uses words that intrigue, make you want to know more and draw you into a world of surprising thoughts…”