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52 Poems from The Guardian 'Poem of the Week'

Carol Rumens

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ISBN: 978 1 784107 79 6
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Anthologies, British, Gay and Lesbian, Humour, Language, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: November 2019
216 x 135 mm
240 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Carol Rumens has been contributing ‘Poem of the Week’ to theGuardian for more than a dozen years. Do the maths: that’s more than624 blogs! No wonder she has a large and devoted following. She’sa poet reader, not an academic. She is in love with the new, but herlove is instructed by the great poems she has read. They make her eardemanding: when it hears that something, it perks up. She perks up.

    She feels her way, agreeing with William Carlos Williams that,‘A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.’ And he adds,‘Prose may carry a load of ill-defined matters like a ship. But poetryis the machine which drives it, pruned to a perfect economy. As in allmachines its movement is intrinsic, undulant, a physical more thana literary character.’ She tries to avoid machines built from kits withinstruction manuals. She looks for surprises, and she surprises us.

    Rumens has published seventeen collections of poetry andcurrently teaches Creative Writing part-time at the University ofBangor.

    Carol Rumens was born in Forest Hill, South London, in 1944. She began writing music reviews for the local press when she was sixteen, and her various jobs include the Northern Arts Fellowship, and writer in residence at Queen’s University Belfast, University College Cork and the University of Stockholm. She writes ... read more
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