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Standing Female Nude

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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.

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. Her awards include first prize in the 1983 National Poetry Competition; three Scottish Arts Council Book Awards; Eric Gregory, Somerset Maugham and Dylan Thomas
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Anvil Press Poetry (first published October 1st 2001)
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Jun 22, 2010 Zoë rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
I had my introduction to Carol Ann Duffy this past February in Scotland when I read Love Poems which my friend Laala had a copy of. Unfortunately, she's not nearly as popular in Canada so the only book of hers I was able to track down was her first poetry collection Standing Female Nude. While first collections are often interesting in order to see how a poet has developed, they don't always the same power of a later work (one strong exception I can think of right away is Satan Says by Sharon Ol ...more
Really a 3-4 rating, it varied based on the poem. My favorites were Education For Leisure, Free Will, Where We Came In and You Jane.
Molly Miltenberger Murray
A few of the poems and more of the individual images are striking and brilliant. Dialogue and dialect, seriously? thumbs down.
I hadn't read many of these poems before, except that I'd seen them in the collected poems. "War Photographer" hits hard, and is one of the first poems I'd read by her. So many of these poems have excellent lines or lovely imagery, though, it's so hard to pick favourites.
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