New Selected Poems

New Selected Poems

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New Selected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy draws together a body of work spanning from 1985 to 2004. It includes poems from six major collections, from Standing Female Nude to Feminine Gospels, and a handful of other poems, collected here for the first time. It shows a writer who hit the ground running, emerging into the world a fully formed and utterly distinctive voice, and who can be counted among the foremost of the poets of any generation.

From the outset, the world is her oyster. Carol Ann Duffy's curiosity takes her across continents, and into the minds of psychopaths, babies, queens and giggling schoolgirls with equal relish. It is a strange yet disarmingly familiar world, shot with mythic, fabulous and popular histories. Language is turned inside out and upside down, its riches and exoticism found in the demotic of the everyday as much as in foreign parts. She has a quicksilver intelligence that can move from ribald mimicry one moment to an intensely tough and affecting lyricism the next. This physical, visceral poetry gives true meaning to the concept of a body of work, and will provide a perfect introduction to new readers and a glorious sum of parts to old acquaintances.

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

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 Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
The Bees
The Bees
Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
Rapture
Rapture
The Other Country
The Other Country
The World's Wife
The World's Wife
Feminine Gospels
Feminine Gospels
Love Poems
Love Poems
Mrs Scrooge
Mrs Scrooge
To the Moon
To the Moon
Answering Back
Answering Back
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand