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The Hero and the Girl Next Door
RRP: GBP 9.95
ISBN: 978 1 847775 84 9
Categories: 20th Century, British, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2012
64 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
My sister knows my name and nothing else.
My mother knows my shoe size.
My father knows what kind of books I read.
My friends know where I drink.
My husband knows the colour of my hair.
My children know my rules.
My dentist knows I need another filling.
My boss knows I work late.
My cat knows that I'll share a turkey sandwich.
I know what makes me laugh.
I laugh at what they don't know.
They don't know very much about my dentist.
The virtuosity and high spirits of Sophie Hannah's poems are unusual at any
time of day. She handles rhymed metrical forms with wily insouciance and
passes the 'memorability test' with flying colours. What seems simple or
simply achieved more often than not on closer inspection yields subtleties
of feeling and form. A surrealising impulse unsettles even the most tidy of
her stanzas with a shrewd imaginative wantonness. Her experiments with
subject-matter produce something more satisfying than 'social verse'. An
urban person who prefers shopping, eating and romance to hopping over
cowpats on a country walk, she writes with generous rather than reductive
Praise for Sophie Hannah 'Shall I put it in capitals? SOPHIE HANNAH IS A GENIUS.' Be that as it may, Hotels like Houses provides a new range of romantic ironies, light and dark laughter, for her readership.'
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