‘Kate Noakes’ The Filthy Quiet is a collection aloud with every imaginable sensation – poems that teem with soundscape, texture and detail, are lithe and lusty, full of movement; timed and poised precisely, sprung like clockwork mechanisms, knowing the exact weight and measure necessary in the poem’s discrete making. Noakes’ poetry brings forward an electrifying premise – “its charged promises / its dance of light” – full of sparks and campfires, wakeful nights and miracles, and bold women who know the “art of repair”, always brightly striking onwards, generating its own irresistible energy.’
– Jane Commane
Kate Noakes has published six previous collections of poetry. She was elected to the Welsh Academy in 2011 and her website, boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com, is archived by the National Library of Wales. She lives in London.