‘Unable Mother’ V Press, 2018 (forthcoming)

‘This work challenges our abstract and cosy notions of motherhood with a brutal and vulnerable delve into the psyche. Calcutt’s poems reach even further, into the rent world, and the terrible kinds of beauty to which poetry alone can allude. This is an intimate book, the kind that comes in close to your ear to whisper dark secrets and unavoidable truths. These poems are spare, careful, insistent–and devastatingly good.’ (Robert Peake)



‘Sudden rainfall’ with Perdika Press, 2013 Buy

‘Like Plath, Helen has poetic electricity at  her fingertips…’ Mario Petrucci 

‘Strident and precise…Calcutt’s poems have an unflinching clarity that seeks to renew and refocus how we see the world around us. Taking root in influences and environments that are definitively of the midlands, her writing explores the hinterland between humans and nature, between shifting landscapes and wildness. All the time, her poetry is alive and attentive to the voice’s unique, powerful music.’  Jane Commane (Bloodaxe, Nine Arches)