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"Everyday subjects resonate with truth and humour, but beneath the beautiful words are deep, dark and shocking truths" (The Herald)
"Violence stalks the book" (Colin Waters Sunday Herald)
"Vicki Feaver's poems always come back to contemporary relationships - not so much domestic as domestic gothic, where the women are sensual and murderous. These are powerfully distinctive poems, women's poems that don't shut out men" (Matthew Sweeney)
"Feaver’s best poems offer a disquietingly direct apprehension of the powers by which we are made and driven" (Sean O'brein The Independent)
The long-awaited third collection from one of England's finest women poets.See all Product description
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15 December 2016
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I rarely read a book of poems from cover to cover, but I did for this. Vicki Feaver is a poet I continually return to to be thrilled and reminded of the sheer usefulness of poetry to my daily understanding of life. Devastatingly good.
22 July 2013
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I'd seen something by this poet in an anthology but didn't buy a collection until she was recommended. What a revelation - all poems in the collection good, and the whole collection cohesive.
25 October 2007
Vicki Feaver is a very good poet and people who like poetry should try reading her. I only wish she was more appreciated and read - her first two books are very difficult to find. Given her quality it's surprising they haven't been reissued. This collection is very considered, perhaps too considered at times - some of these poems date back to the 90s as far as I'm aware. She is, in a way, a poet's poet in her perfectionism. These are meticulous poems and her punctuation is at times very impressively complex, and at other times, a little unnecessarily tortuous. Personally, I would prefer more poems from her at the price of simpler punctuation, but I shouldn't carp at her approach when the results are as good as the best poems here. My favourites are - Glow Worm, The Gun, Riddle (once I'd solved it), Heat and Cold and the beautiful Horned Poppy. She's still as much a distinctive voice as ever and still stands out as original and exciting. If you like contemporary poetry with a hint of subversion, give her a try.
12 July 2009
Vicki Feaver's poems are pure jolts of life. They leave you having to remember to draw breath, to blink, to unclasp your hands. Their remarkable richness is anchored, always, by her sharp focus on the quotidien and by a subtle but rigorous sense of poetic craft. She doesn't flinch from confronting the darkness of the human condition, but she also celebrates life-force in colour, texture and light. There's a musicality too, something more than the word often suggests. With Feaver, you are always listening to the stubborn beat of our blood. One can feel the liberating influence of the Metaphysicals in her work, as well as an affinity for the work of Plath, Stevie Smith and Emily Bishop. But Feaver's voice is like none other. She is one of our leading poets, and I eagerly await her next collection.