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A Laureate Picks Her Beach Reads

June 28, 2009

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i am sure everyone in Point Pleasant will be toting Carol Ann Duffy’s picks to the shore:

Poetry, of course. The first is Alice Oswald’s gorgeous collection Weeds and Wild Flowers, with stunningly beautiful etchings by Jessica Greenman. These new poems seem to exist in a space between nature poetry and fairytale. Then there is Seamus Heaney’s translations of Robert Henryson, the greatest of the late-medieval Scots makars. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables is typically both masterful and accessible. As he says, “unless this poetry is brought out of the university syllabus and onto the shelves ‘a great prince in prison lies’“. Travel far in the mind with these two great poets.

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