Released on 21 September 2017.

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Mean Time

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1993 Winner

Whitbread Poetry Award

1993 Winner

Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection


In her prize-winning fourth collection, Mean Time, Carol Ann Duffy dramatizes scenes from childhood, adolescence and adulthood, finding moments of grace or consolation in memory, love and language amid the complexities of life. These are powerful poems of loss, betrayal and desire.

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Duffy is magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself
Carol Ann Duffy is one of the freshest and bravest talents to emerge in British poetry - any poetry - for years. Her project is both subtle and experimental... a contemporary woman poet whose poetic register reaches all the way from a subversive eroticism to a self-conscious regionalism...This new book contains wonderful poems, which extend her lyric range.
Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time