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Caroline Teague is a London born and bred poet writing pieces on grief, identity and how they comes to terms with some harrowing realities of being human and being alive, in a style they call `tragic optimism' hoping that the honesty through their writing can translate into something positive and comforting for someone else. Creator of the musical project "Caroline Smiling" which blends music, spoken word and illustration to creatively communicate ideas around mental health and queer identity. Caroline was the international guest at the 2018 Portugal Slam in Lisbon in October 2018 and the poet in residence at the Stanza poetry festival in St. Andrews, Scotland in March 2019, continuing to perform their work regularly at poetry and literary events across the UK. They also curate London's only regular 3-round Slam, Genesis Poetry Slam, and is an artist-in-residence at the Vauxhall-based queer cabaret night Bar Wotever.

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'These poems sit somewhere between a hug from a loved one anda call to arms. With powerful fragility, unparalleled urgency, andCaroline's trademark honesty, this collection takes my breath hostageuntil the very last word.A sublimely crafted and refreshingly authentic voice that singsits way up to the surface. One that should be amplified beyond thesepages, into every heart that is bursting to get out of the bustle of thecity and escape to the sea.'Sara Hirsch'Good Earth brims with honesty and sweetness - the sweetness ofbrown sugar, and the bittersweet of reminiscing. These poems providea captivating narrative, navigating the reader 'through these hostilewaters' of injustice and racism ('To Sea! To Sea!) and landing us inthe delicate and unresolved territory of grief ('January'), with theheritage of family and relationships steering the way.Throughout this journey, Caroline Teague has truly managed to'capture something beautiful' ('Polaroid'), keenly observing - andcelebrating - the human condition and its fleeting connections whilenegotiating the bitter, the salty, and the mournful. Good Earth has apoignancy and directness that will compel you to return to it againand again.'Keith Jarret

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