The Rented Altar

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C&r Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.2 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author
Lauren Berry is the founding editor of satirical feminist 'zine KnockBack and has been writing for and about women since 2005. Her work has been featured in Easy Living, Guardian, Observer and Independent. She was born, raised and works in North London. Living the Dream is her first novel.

"If I could choose anyone to rewrite the Bible, it would be Lauren Berry. By that I mean, she knows how to talk about beauty without leaving out the blood. In The Rented Altar, Berry is at her best and most unforgiving, revealing the gritty underbelly of fertility, marriage, and a womanhood fraught with imagination, loneliness, eroticism, and loss. Berry trusts her reader to feel the emotional weight of a tangible object with just its image--a dirty dish, an empty crib, chunks of pineapple punctured by a skewer. Because of this, The Rented Altar reads both like a set of clues and the reveal, everything you want to know about what it means to become another version of yourself but can't bring yourself to say out loud."
--Olivia Gatwood, author of Life of the Party (Dial Press, 2019)

"These daring poems push at the dark edges of love, into realms often left unspoken. An existential dilemma lurks at the heart of this collection: what does it mean to love someone who has had a life outside of that love? The solution to this dilemma is--perhaps--the power an uttered word can manifest. Where is that dirt now? the poet asks, near the end of this unsettling and beautiful collection. And is it in fact like love / in that it can never disappear?"
--Nick Flynn, author of I Will Destroy You (Graywolf, 2019)