Feminine Gospels

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In Feminine Gospels, Carol Ann Duffy draws on the historical, the archetypal, the biblical and the fantastical to create various visions – and revisions – of female identity. Simultaneously stripping women bare and revealing them in all their guises and disguises, these poems tell tall stories as though they were true confessions, and spin modern myths from real women seen in every aspect – as bodies and corpses, writers and workers, shoppers and slimmers, fairytale royals or girls-next-door.

‘Part of Duffy’s talent – besides her ear for ordinary eloquence, her gorgeous, powerful, throwaway lines, her subtlety – is her ventriloquism . . . From verbal nuances to mind-expanding imaginative leaps, her words seem freshly plucked from the minds of non-poets – that is, she makes it look easy’ Charlotte Mendelson, Observer

‘Nobody is ever going to need to be told how to enjoy a Carol Ann Duffy poem . . . She is an inspired reinterpreter of myth and a fertile creator of fables of her own’ Evening Standard

‘Carol Ann Duffy is arguably the nation’s favourite living poet’ Jeanette Winterson

About Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

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Books by Carol Ann Duffy

New Selected Poems
New Selected Poems
The King of Christmas
The King of Christmas
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Standing Female Nude
Standing Female Nude
Selling Manhattan
Selling Manhattan
Off The Shelf
Off The Shelf
The Skipping-Rope Snake
The Skipping-Rope Snake
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
The Wren-Boys
The Wren-Boys
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
Ritual Lighting
Ritual Lighting
Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Mean Time
Mean Time
101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy: A Laureate's Choice
101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy: A Laureate's Choice
Wenceslas
Wenceslas
The Bees
The Bees
The Other Country
The Other Country
The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
Love Poems
Love Poems
The World's Wife
The World's Wife
Rapture
Rapture
Mrs Scrooge
Mrs Scrooge
To the Moon
To the Moon
Answering Back
Answering Back
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand