Hot Sauce

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Bloodaxe Books
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6.0 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Kaycee Hill is a poet and digital mixed media artist. Now based in Southampton, she was born in Winchester and grew up in a working-class, mixed-heritage household - British and Caribbean - in Andover. She spent the past five years working within the healthcare sector as a domiciliary carer and as a support worker for adults with mild learning difficulties. Kaycee was selected for Poetry Ambassadors during the height of the pandemic, was a shortlisted poet for the Poetry London Mentoring Scheme 2020, and has been commended for her poetry by The Young Poets Network. She was one of the three winners of the inaugural James Berry Poetry Prize in 2021, and her first book-length collection, Hot Sauce, is published by Bloodaxe Books in 2023.

"Kaycee Hill's urban eco-poems are always awake to the beauty that can be found in unexpected places - from a makeshift bird-feeder to her mother's 'cinnamon stick / fingers busy making roll-ups'. In this thrilling first collection, her lyric imagination takes us on a journey through the complexities of coming of age in a small working-class town. The heat of Hill's sensuous imagery 'rages down the throat', searing our tastebuds and leaving us craving more."--Aviva Dautch

"From dancehalls, grime raves, to prisons, kitchens and gardens, Kaycee Hill's poems excavate an archive of memories with synaesthetic dexterity. A robin's red breast transforms into 'the thumping heart of a young naked ash tree'. And queuing crowds become 'shoals of black sea bass'. These poems of place transform the contemporary into a mythic lyrical landscape, where images like "I felt one hundred hymens breaking like bird's skulls" conjure up a rich surreal tapestry with dark folkloric undertones. Nature is a vivid backdrop with filmic effect. The iconic music of Sade, Corrine Bailey Rae, Genuine, Diana Ross and the Supremes demarcate era and time. Kaycee Hill's poems linger on the tongue like hot pepper sauce."--Malika Booker