"Pascale's poems are as fresh as paint, and make you look all over again at Frida and her brilliant and tragic life." - Jackie Kay, Observer
Books of the Year
"Poems about paintings rarely set off fireworks, but this is ekphrasis with a difference: Petit speaks in Kahlo's voice with eerie believability." - Time Out
"This arresting collection...exploring the way trauma hurts an artist into creation, celebrates the rebarbative energy with which Kahlo redeemed pain and transformed it into paint." - Ruth Padel, Guardian
About the Author
Pascale Petit trained at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of her life as an artist, before deciding to concentrate on poetry. Since then she has published five collections, three of which were shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and featured as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Observer and Independent. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. She teaches poetry writing courses for a number of organisations, including Tate Modern. Petit has read her work at many festivals around the world and travelled to Mexico several times to research Kahlo’s life. What the Water Gave Me was first published in the UK by Seren in 2010 and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Wales Book of the Year.