Polygon to publish debut poetry collection by Alycia Pirmohamed

  26 Jul '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Polygon is delighted to announce a new signing to its poetry list, the debut collection from Alycia Pirmohamed, the winner of the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

Another Way to Split Water meditates on how we inherit the lived experiences of our ancestors. Surreal and imagistically innovative, these poems reflect on wider themes of womanhood, belonging, inheritance, loss, beauty, and spirituality.

Alycia says – ‘Another Way to Split Water is a collection that I have been working toward for many years. And so, in some ways, this book captures many different versions of who I am and who I have been. The work within is an homage to family – to how identity reforms and transforms throughout generations, through stories told and retold, imagined and reimagined. Perhaps most strongly, this collection employs figurations of the natural world to reflect on themes of language, distance, migration, belonging, faith, grief, and intimacy. I am thrilled and honoured that this collection has found a home with Polygon in the UK, and I can’t wait for it to be released in 2022!’

Alycia was born in Canada and is now based in the UK. She is the author of the pamphlets Hinge (Oxford Brookes’ ignitionpress) and Faces that Fled the Wind (BOAAT Press), as well as Second Memory (Guillemot Press and Baseline Press), a collaborative essay co-authored with Pratyusha. She received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh She is the co-founder of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and is currently a postdoctoral Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Liverpool, where she is working with the Ledbury Poetry Critics programme.

Edward Crossan, Editor at Polygon, says – ‘I’m delighted that we have signed up Alycia’s collection. These vibrant poems are compelling, evocative and beautifully written, a welcome addition to our list. I can’t wait to put this book out into the world.’

Polygon has bought UK, Commonwealth, and European rights (all languages) and will publish in summer 2022.

Another Way to Split Water will also be published in the US by YesYes Books in 2022, after winning the YesYes Books Pamet River Prize.

Find Alycia online at and Twitter @a_pirmohamed

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