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The Twelve Poems of Christmas - Volume Two (Pamphlet)

by Selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy
£4.95   paperback  Candlestick Press (2010)

The Twelve Poems of Christmas - Volume Two (Pamphlet) by Selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Two) is the second in our series of Christmas pamphlets introduced and selected by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to mark each Christmas of her ten-year laureateship.
 
This year’s selection features a new poem by Carol Ann Duffy herself as well as work by the newly-appointed Oxford Professor of Poetry, Geoffrey Hill.
 
In her Introduction to the pamphlet Carol Ann Duffy expresses the wish that the poems will be ‘time out for both giver and recipient’ while reminding readers that ‘it’s often the surprising, little things we encounter that matter more than all the hype and all the money.’ She says that we enter Christmas 2010 ‘with, like Scrooge’s encounter with The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, plenty to worry about’. She cites ‘cuts and unemployment’ at home and ‘our soldiers still fighting far from home’ as causes for concern, while abroad she points to the recent environmental catastrophes in Haiti and Pakistan which have left millions homeless. ‘Poetry – like Christmas -,’ she says, ‘reminds us why we should never stop caring about each other and the world’.
 
We hope that The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Two) will again give people an excuse to sit down together and take time out from tinsel-fatigue.
 
Donation to the British Red Cross.

"We pictured the meek mild creatures where They dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of us there To doubt they were kneeling then."
(from ‘The Oxen’ by Thomas Hardy)
Contents:
 
Wendy Cope, The Christmas Life
Patrick Kavanagh, A Christmas Childhood
Gillian Clarke, Shepherd
Connie Bensley, Mr and Mrs R and the Christmas Card List
Moniza Alvi, Delhi Christmas
Elizabeth Jennings, Alone Over Christmas
Edwin Arlington Robinson, Karma
Thomas Hardy, The Oxen
Walter de la Mare, Winter
Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Starlight Night
Geoffrey Hill, Picture of a Nativity
Carol Ann Duffy, The Single Bed

ISBN 13: 9781907598005 | ISBN 10: 1907598006

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