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A Poet's Choice
ISBN: 978 1 857542 62 2
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: December 1996
215 x 135 x 15 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
In A Poet's Choice Elizabeth Jennings includes the poems which helped shape her taste - poems she read at school, or discovered in bookshops and the library, or pored over as an undergraduate - work which first gave her a taste for the art of poetry and taught the formal and thematic skills she has practised for fifty years. Many of the poems chosen will be familiar to poetry lovers: what is exciting is the way she brings them together in a kind of commonplace book, conveying to a new audience the magic that enchanted her.
This anthology is a window on the personal culture of one of our best-loved writers.
'She is one of the few living poets we could not do without,' Peter Levi said.
Praise for Elizabeth Jennings 'Anyone who likes poetry will love it if you get them Carcanet's Collected Poems of Elizabeth Jennings. It costs a bit but you do get well over 1,000 poems, with barely a duff one; heck, you could even give it to someone who doesn't like poetry, and suggest it will change their mind.'
Nicholas Lezard, the Guardian, 1st December, 2012
'But there is no sterility here: I defy you to read "A Living Death" and not be on the verge of tears by the end of it ("I am caught up / Within a death that does not die") This is a supremely dippable-into book. Its bulk is liberating, not intimidating.'
Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian, Tuesday 3rd April, 2012.
'it contains some of the finest lyric poetry of the 20th century'
Anne Stevenson, The Sunday Times, September 14th 1986
'in an agnostic age it is daring to write poems of religious rhapsody and more daring still to write as if the making of poems were a sacred activity.'
James Aitchison, The Glasgow Herald, May 7th 1989
'Her poetry ... conveys a strength of feeling and sincerity that few contemporary poets can match.'
Tom Velickovic, The Bookseller, September 16th 1994
'a pleasure, as well as a poetic education, to read'
Gwyneth Lewis, Poetry Review, Volume 84 no 4, Winter 1994
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