Olivia Cole's is an intense, haunting voice, perfectly capturing psychical and physical states in some astonishing imagery; breaking the ice, taking a shower, blood seeping through a black and white world. -- Anita Sethi The Guardian Open the anthology Tower Poets, edited by Peter McDonald (Tower Poetry, GBP5 from towerpoetry.org.uk), and there again, in Olivia Cole's poems, the resolutely strong note rings straight out: I stood in your shower, how many times? Well, so many times … Olivia Cole is one of seven poets here, all associated with Tower Poetry, which emanates from Christ Church, Oxford, with the help of a legacy to the college. Everyday spoken rhythms, deftly used, are characteristic of most of these poets. -- Derwent May The Times i"?This impressive first book is concerned with the tentative nature of perspective. -- Charles Bainbridge The Guardian
About the Author
Olivia Cole is an award-winning poet and journalist, writing for the Spectator and the London Evening Standard. She specialises in the arts, literature and London's party scene. Olivia was born in 1981 in Kent, and read English at Christ Church, Oxford. Restricted View is her first poetry collection. In 2003 she won an Eric Gregory award, the Society of Authors' awards for poets under the age of 30.