Charlotte Eichler is an award-winning poet based in West Yorkshire, UK. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Carcanet's New Poetries VIII (2021), The Island Review, The Manchester Review, PN Review and The Rialto. In 2020 she won the Barjeel Poetry Prize. Her debut pamphlet, Their Lunar Language, came out with Valley Press in 2018 and was one of the Poetry School's books of the year.
An introduction to Charlotte's work by the poet Laura Scott can be read over on Carcanet's New Poetries VIII blog.
Their Lunar Language
‘Their Lunar Language infolds named and imaginary, near and far-flung places. It assembles a disquieting array of feminine characters, later bringing in masculine figures of tenderness and fragility. This creates a powerful authorial perspective, not mistakable for any other voice. Brides and cuttlefish, wayward or broken forms of love, woodlands transposable with human manufacture: this is modern pastoral, not nostalgic, and well beyond the ordinary domestic lyric.’
– Vahni Capildeo
‘Every time you feel like you know where you're headed with this gorgeous-looking pamphlet something comes along and jabs you in the neck. Whether the little girl with her collection of tortured insects, the brooches of milk teeth, or the unchanging views of Prague in the red View-Master – there’s a kind of spooky dream world here, full of uncomfortable detail, beautifully rendered. More please!’
‘Their Lunar Language is a timely and discomfiting exploration of our ambivalent interactions with the non-human – and with each other. Eichler exposes our uneasy relationship with the natural world with subtlety and originality. [Hers] is a voice that deserves to be heard in this increasingly fractured world, in which so much is at stake.’
– Sarah Westcott, review for the Poetry School
Friday 8 October, 7.30pm, All Saints' Church, Ilkley
University of Leeds Poetry Centre Showcase, Ilkley Literature Festival. Also reading will be Ian Duhig, Rheima Robinson, John Whale, Jeffrey Wainwright, Kimberly Campanello, Lydia Kennaway and Zaffar Kunial.
Saturday 6 November, 7pm, Wrecking Ball Music & Books, 15 Whitefriargate, Hull
Reading with Carcanet poets Katherine Horrex and Maryam Hessavi. More details can be found here.