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Not as rapturous as I'd hoped.
on 11 February 2011
Perhaps I shouldn't review this book because I find it hard to put into words exactly what it was that I didn't enjoy about it.
It's not that Duffy is a bad poet; certainly her collection 'The World's Wife' puts that line of argument to bed. It's just that...it takes an incredibly fine poet to truly distill the rapture of love adequately. Anything less doesn't ring true enough and seems like a hollow parody of something so overwhelming and chaotic as the feeling of being in love.
I was really excited to read this book having enjoyed Duffy's other work. I was hoping to find poems that I could come back to time and again which really captured the feeling of love. Unfortunately, I didn't find them. Having said that, a couple of the poems spoke to me, particularly the last. The final line 'a gift, the blush of memory' has stayed with me.