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Her Book: Poems 1988-1998 [Paperback]

Jo Shapcott
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5 Jan 2006
Poems 1988-1998 is a compendium from Jo Shapcott's award-winning books Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book and My Life Asleep. It reveals her to be a writer of ingenious, politically acute and provocative imagination and justifies her reputation as one of the most original and daring voices of her generation.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (5 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571229808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571229802
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,778 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"

About the Author

Jo Shapcott was born in London. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Her most recent collection is Tender Taxes, versions of Rilke's French poems (Faber, 2001). She is the co-editor, with Matthew Sweeney, of Emergency Kit: Poems for Strange Times (Faber, 1996).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Atomic 18 Mar 2004
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One of my all-time favourite books. In common with many of her contemporaries Jo Shapcott is interested in Ovidian shape-shifting, inhabiting the skins of creatures as various as quarks, goats, Greek goddesses and film stars. What sets this book galloping ahead of the field is its manic vitality, its passion and unflinching truthfulness - poems like 'Phrase Book', 'Professional Mourner', 'A Letter to Dennis' and the rightly celebrated Mad Cow sequence (and I could go on) have to be read to be believed. Shapcott's speakers bounce, raspberry and hug their way through a universe eroticized at both the micro and galactic level. 'Go on then, darling, without me' the teasing first poem's speaker whispers to her published volume, 'and be very, very good.' No need to worry there: here is a book to be fanatical about.
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