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Her Book: Poems 1988-1998: Poems, 1988-98 (Faber Poetry) [Paperback]

Jo Shapcott
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18 Oct 1999 Faber Poetry
Her Book is a generous selection from the first three of Jo Shapcott's award-winning collections of her poetry -Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book and My Life Asleep. It shows her to be a writer of ingenious, politically acute and provocative imagination, one of the most original and daring voices of her generation.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (18 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571201830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571201839
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,558,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Jo Shapcott is doing no less than rewriting the English poetic canon - challenging sources, verse structure, and the primacy of the patriarchal voice.', John Kinsella, Poetry Review

'Shapcott is gifted and original, and it is in work such as hers that the future health of poetry needs to be sought.' Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times

'The excellent title poem ['Of Mutability'], a deceptively casual sonnet, acts as something of a tissue sample for most of the book's concerns, from the mutations of cells to the disruption of the seasons, in a voice as mutable as the phenomena it describes.' Frances Leviston, Guardian

Jo Shapcott's cheekily titled, Her Book: Poems 1988 - 1998 (2000), consists of a selection of poetry from her three earlier collections: Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, Phrase Book (1992), and My Life Asleep (1999), which won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Collection). Together with Matthew Sweeney she edited Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times (1996). Tender Taxes, her collection of conversations with Rainer Maria Rilke's poems in French, was published in 2002. Jo Shapcott has worked with a number of musicians on collaborative projects. She has also collaborated on poetry projects with scientists and medics, and is the editor of Discourses (2002), a collection of new poems by leading poets in response to the work of contemporary scientists. She is President of the Poetry Society. Her most recent book of poems Of Mutability (2010), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize.

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"'Shapcott is gifted and original, and it is in work such as hers that the future health of poetry needs to be sought.' Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001; Of Mutability in 2010.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Jun 2010
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This is the definitive collection of Jo Shapcott's poetry from 1988 - 98 and includes some of her most memorable poems, including her wonderful 'Mad Cow' poems and the excellent 'Phrase Book'. If you're not a fan of poetry, this book may make you change your mind.
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Delicate wit. Ear-tuned gravitas.
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