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52 Poems from The Guardian 'Poem of the Week'
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ISBN: 978 1 784107 79 6
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, American, Anthologies, BAME, British, Caribbean, Humour, Language, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: November 2019
216 x 135 x 20 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB)
A year of hand-picked poems and commentaries from the Guardian's 'Poem of the Week' blog.
Carol Rumens has been contributing 'Poem of the Week' to the Guardian for more than a dozen years. Do the maths: that's more than 624 blogs! No wonder she has a large and devoted following. She's a poet-reader, not an academic. She is fascinated by the new, but her interest is instructed by the classic poems she has read. They make her ear demanding: when it hears that something, it perks up. She perks up.
'A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.' Rumens partly agrees with Williams but she develops the conceit, seeing each poem 'as a more flexible instrument, a miniature neo-cortex, that super-connective, super-layered smartest device of the mammalian brain'.
She tries to avoid poems built from kits with instruction manuals. She looks for surprises, and she surprises us.
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