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Julia Copus's poems bring humanity and light to some of our most intimate and solitary moments, repeatedly breathing life into loss. In two previous collections, she has been feted as among the most compelling poets to have emerged in recent years; now, in The World's Two Smallest Humans, she is writing at her most captivating yet. These finely tuned poems are the fruit of ...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Faber and Faber
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Ellen
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know when you read something and it doesn't necessarily all make sense to you but it feels important? This is exactly how I felt reading this wonderful collection. The World's Two Smallest Humans is an important collection of poetry. It will make you question what it is to be alive and it delves into the fragility of life itself. The final poem 'Pledge' gave me goosebumps and that's when you know that poetry is good. Another outstanding piece is 'Stars Moving Westward in a Winter Garden': th ...more
Rachel
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful poems. Her specular poems are so very clever; well worth seeking out. The collection relating to her IVF is exceptional.
Bhavik
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to Julia Copus after reading the poem 'An Easy Passage', the Forward Prize winner, in English class. I was enthralled. The clever juxtapositions used in colour and wording to show the difference between the young and old and the act of growing up fascinated as we analysed her poem in depth so when I saw this anthology at my local library, I decided to take it out.

Now, I'm not exactly an avid poem reader, so I don't have much to judge this book by but I truly loved reading
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Rebecca
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, memoirs
You’d be forgiven for skimming over some of the subtler poems here, but don’t on any account miss “Ghost,” a wonderful autobiographical sequence of poems describing an IVF treatment. Copus tenderly recreates her experience through some beautiful images, many evoking the seaside: “the eggs / they harvested at noon with the consummate needle, / drawing them off like tiny, luminous pearls / from the sea of her body” (from “At the Farmer’s Inn”); “like a fishing-net spreads itself, wide under water; ...more
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Julia Copus was born in London, near to the Young Vic theatre, and now lives in Somerset. All three of her poetry collections, The Shuttered Eye, In Defence of Adultery and The World's Two Smallest Humans, are both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. She has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010), and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Ted H ...more