Unable Mother

Unable Mother V.Press

“This work challenges our abstract and cosy notions of motherhood with a brutal and vulnerable delve into the psyche. Calcutt grapples, sometimes violently, sometimes with aching tenderness, each hard-won line ‘like squeezing / flesh and fruit from the bone, / this terrible love’. Yet these poems reach even further, into the rent world, and the remarkable kinds of beauty to which poetry alone can allude. 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

“Helen Calcutt’s new sequence confirms a compelling young voice, whose precision and intimae manner, offer an experience both delightful and deliberately unsettling. Working where all is movment, where the apparent solidity of the world is disturbed by the sures spotlight of metaphysical probing.” Mario Petrucci

PBS Choice 2014
Waterstones Best-selling Pamphlet 2016

Anthology E ighty Four

Anthology Eighty Four features a host of male and female voices sharing their experiences of suicide, mental health, or grief – from those who have been on the brink of suicide, to those who have lost a loved one, or been moved more generally by the campaign. It is both an uncensored exposure of truths, as well as a celebration of the strength and courage of those willing to write and talk about their experiences, using the power of language to openly address and tackle an issue that directly affects a million people every year.

Sabotage Awards, Best Anthology shortlist, 2019
Poetry Wales Book of The Year, 2019