Poetry Month 2016: Carol Ann Duffy
Talent This is the word tightrope. Now imagine a man, inching across it in the space between our thoughts. He holds our breath. There is no word net. You want him to fall, don’t you? I guessed as much; he teeters but succeeds. The word applause is written all over him. [From Standing Female Nude] ~ From the publisher’s Web site: This outstanding first collection introduced Carol Ann Duffy’s impressive gifts and the broad range of her interests and style. The poems are fresh, skilful, passionate. From the Encylopedia Britannica: Carol Ann Duffy, in full Dame Carol Ann Duffy (born December 23, 1955, Glasgow, Scotland), British poet whose well-known and well-liked poetry engaged such topics as gender and oppression, expressing them in familiar, conversational language that made her work accessible to a variety of readers. In 2009, she became the first woman appointed poet laureate of Great Britain.