Joe Carrick-Varty was born in Oxford and studied in Manchester. His debut pamphlet Somewhere Far won the 2018 New Poets Prize and is published by The Poetry Business. His poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, Magma, The North, The Interpreter’s House, Brittle Star, And Other Poems, Manchester Review, Lighthouse, Crannóg Magazine, The High Window and elsewhere. He is a poetry reviewer for PN Review. In 2019 he was selected by Martina Evans for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series.
The syntactical precision here demonstrates a care and attention to the weight and balance of each line that is laudable but when wedded to feeling, as it is here, technical excellence rises above mere flair in to something very special. These are assured and beguiling poems. – Kayo Chingonyi (Judge’s commentary – New Poets Prize)
Complex emotions condensed into tiny images – Kamila Shamsie (Manchester Anthology VI Foreward)
These touching, carefully made poems have an eye for things that happen once, and which resonate once he has set them down on the page. Somehwere Far is an auspicious debut. – John McAullife