Synopses & Reviews
The effortless virtuosity, drama, and humanity of Carol Ann Duffy's verse have made her much-admired among contemporary poets. Her seventh collection, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, is a book-length love-poem, and a moving act of personal testimonybut what sets these poems apart from other treatments of the subject is Duffy's refusal to simplify the contradictions of love, and read its transformationsinfatuation, longing, passion, commitment, rancor, separation, and griefas either redemptive or destructive. This is a map of real love, in all its churning complexity, simultaneously direct and subtle, showing us that a song can be made of even the most painful episodes in our lives. With poems that will find deep resonance in the experience of most readers, it is a collection that can and does speak for us all.
About the Author
Carol Ann Duffy's poetry has received many awards, including the Whitbread, T.S. Eliot, Forward, and E. M. Forster prizes.