Praise for Platinum Blonde

'The poems in Platinum Blonde are vulnerable, performative, and ardently female. Stuckes deftly balances violence and wit, self-consciousness and panache. She can turn a sentence on a dime: “This is how I want to die; in a boat, on fire / while Billie Holiday crawls out of a speaker.”  And “Having an affair / is just getting all dressed up to cut yourself.” Get yourself a bottle of gin, some photos of your exes, and settle into a velvet chaise longue to read. You’re going to love this book.' - Kim Addonizio

‘Phoebe Stuckes’s Platinum Blonde is a relentless and relentlessly alive exploration of human interactions and very human desire, conveyed with a formal virtuosity and a real sense of the seduction of the imagination that is truly captivating.’-Ahren Warner

‘I enjoyed the deadpan-ness of the voice and the ways in which it established stereotypes and beauty standards, yet, poem by poem, undermined and destroyed them.’ -Inua Ellams


Praise for Gin & Tonic

There's a sense of confidence in these poems that won't let you rest. Each seems to tell you a secret and then make you complicit in it too. From compelling monologues to blues pieces, every poem is charged with a savage humour, building a world where 'getting dressed feels / like being stood up' and 'crying in cabs / could be glamorous / if I did it correctly.  – Helen Mort

Phoebe Stuckes poems summon up in me the same feelings I get from looking at impressionist art. There’s a beautiful lightness of touch combined with a compelling depth. And while they stand up to being admired from across a room and the minutest scrutiny, they also reward repeated viewing.
While most artists merely hold up a mirror to the world, Phoebe Stuckes is not afraid to shake the damn thing while doing so. –Phil Jupitus

'It's a rough time to be young/ or to care about anything' in these sharp poems of lovesickness and collapse. Gin & Tonic is a cool, tense network of desolate punchlines and defiant shrugs, all configured round a warm and worn-out heart.’ -Jack Underwood

‘Her alter ego in Gin & Tonic goes through the motions of being a young person- she “ghosts” aspiring lovers and “eats tortilla chips out of the bag”- but the poet records these experiences with the poise and bone-weariness of a much older woman. Though Stuckes’s poems are often about instability- lovers come and go, moods fluctuate- her sentences feel anchored, their images “hard as silver”. To an extent the writer portrays herself as a typical millennial, struggling to behave responsibly; presented by a less agile writer, her frequent admissions to bad-ass behaviour might feel trite, even try hard. But Stuckes is simply too good a poet to fall into those traps. She is expert at watching herself fall apart and it is the reader’s great privilege to watch with her.’ -Leaf Arbuthnot, The Times Literary Supplement