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Life Mask

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This title contains poems about love and loss, masks and masquerades.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bloodaxe Books (first published April 1st 2005)
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Dom Salmon
I remember reading Rapture when it was relatively new, back in 2006 or 2007. I'd been introduced to Carol Ann Duffy, as I'm sure many are, through studying The World's Wife for A-Level English Literature. It was my first encounter with contemporary poetry, and it was exciting and edgy and erudite, and I've always maintained a fondness for and interest in Duffy's work.

As I began exploring the poetry of Jackie Kay recently, I was struck by some of the similarities between her and Duffy - both bio
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Maria Ch
Feb 27, 2014 Maria Ch rated it really liked it
This is the second poetry collection by Jackie Kay I read after The Adoption Papers (which I loved) and I was impressed enough by it not to be my last one. As the collection’s name itself alludes the theme of this collection is mask as a symbolism of identity, change and disguise. Some poems are about her biological father in Africa and mask takes cultural dimensions with the idea of identify being masked and unmasked by heritage. Her personal life is also of prominent role with memory playing a ...more
Rosa Jamali
Jul 27, 2008 Rosa Jamali rated it it was amazing
The best lines:

"At last my lips are sealed;
and my eyes are shut tight.
No more talking; shielded
by the dark, the dumb black light."
Page 31, Plaster

Being dominated by the world and what has been predestined!No way!You have to confront it!
Picturing real life in poetry, simple with no embellishments, honest and believable, capturing poetic moments,FRANK !
Nice repetitions and word plays:

"Just take a face, my face if you like/ And give it another name/Just take the shape in your strong hands / And m
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Linsay
Sep 22, 2008 Linsay rated it really liked it
"Her" is my favorite. It's best when Jackie Kay reads it with her Scottish accent. I played it for my students in intro to lit and they seemed to like it more than the traditional poetry I forced them read.
Stantontas
Still not a big fan of poetry, but there were a couple in here that I liked.
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Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby. Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.

Kay's adoptive father worked full-time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive moth
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