Feminine Gospels

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Picador, 2003 - English poetry - 80 pages
6 Reviews
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

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Review: Feminine Gospels: Poems

User Review  - John Campbell - Goodreads

There are some excellent poems in this collection. Duffy's use of surrealist characters and imagery are handled with such skill that despite their elusive and disorientating quality, the poems are ... Read full review

Review: Feminine Gospels: Poems

User Review  - Adam Hampton - Goodreads

There are some poems in this collection that are syllabically pleasant and well put together, but it never had me sat in that other place you can drift to with poetry. Never did I clasp my forehead ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

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 and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

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