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Out of Fashion: An Anthology of Poems: An Antholoogy of Poems [Paperback]

Carol Ann Duffy
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15 Sep 2005

'What better fashion accessory for a girl's home?' Vogue

In Out of Fashion Carol Ann Duffy selects the best and freshest contemporary poets and asks them in turn to select their favourite poem, from another time or culture, which looks at how we dress, or undress, how we cover up or reveal. In these vibrant poems, we are shown how clothes, fashion and jewelry are both a necessary and luxurious, a practical and sensual, a liberating or repressing, part of our lives. The result is a vital and entertaining dialogue between the two arts of poetry and fashion and between poets from the past and the present.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (15 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571219950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571219957
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Out of Fashion is the right size to slip into an overcoat pocket - or to produce with a flourish. It is a fashion accessory with a difference. This is a gorgeous anthology of poems involving clothes.' Kate Kellaway, Observer 'What better fashion accessory for a girl's home?' Vogue"

About the Author

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow and grew up in Stafford. She won the 1993 Whitbread Award for Poetry and the Forward Prize for best collection for Mean Time. The World's Wife received the E. M. Forster Award in America, while Rapture won the T. S. Eliot Prize 2005. She is currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her most recent volumes are New and Collected Poems for Children (2009) and The Bees (2011), which won the Costa Poetry Award. She is Poet Laureate.

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This anthology contains poems by contemporary poets on the subject of clothes and fashion and a poem from the past on the same subject chosen by each of the participants.

The past choices are wide-ranging, from ancient Greek(Sappho) via Chaucer, Shakespeare and Housman to 20th century song lyrics (Buttons and Bows).

The contemporary works are equally diverse. Carol Ann Duffy's own poem, Warming her Pearls is a particular favourite. Jo Haslam's Shirt speaks of love of family and Jean Sprackland's poem Dreaming of Rubber Gloves mischievously describes a world where rubber gloves are a sexy fashion item.

The darker side of life is represented in Sean O'Briens's Cousin Coat and Dorothy Molloy's poem on a leper.

A really excellent selection that made me look for further books by several of the poets represented in it.
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