Answering Back: Living Poets Reply to the Poetry of the Past

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Carol Ann Duffy
Picador, 2007 - Poetry - 148 pages
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Carol Ann Duffy has asked some of the brightest lights in the poetry world to choose a poem that is meaningful -- or has meant something -- to them, and write a reponse to it. With up-and-coming poets alongside more established names, and original poems alongside the new works they've inspired, Answering Back promises to be a truly unique anthology; from old favourites to modern classics, it will be a collection everyone can respond to. Praise for Carol Ann Duffy's most recent collection, Rapture: 'Rapture takes the reader on an ecstatic rollercoaster: soaring and swooping and holding one's breath; hurtling, heart thumping through the complexities of human feeling. This is a book that demands to be read from cover to cover' The Times 'I read it on the tube and missed my station. I read it in bed and couldn't sleep. I read it at my desk and started to cry. Affairs are notoriously disruptive; reading about an affair is not supposed to have the same effect. But it does in the case of Rapture' Guardian

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Penned on public transport. To no-one in particular. Dear Carol Ann You are bland You may have guessed, I'm not a fan If an answer is an echo, or a shadow, Or a ghost, of what came first It's surely ... Read full review


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Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool, where she studied Philosophy. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Whitbread, T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes, and the E. M. Forster Prize in America. Her most recent collection, Rapture, was published by Picador in 2005.

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