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The 52 poems in this anthology are selected from those chosen during the 12 years in which Carol Rumens has written a regular 'Poem of the Week' for Guardian Books online. The poems are printed alongside the prose pieces which originally accompanied them, and the online comments included add the zest of further discussion.


Carol Rumens was born in Forest Hill, South London, in 1944. She began writing music reviews for the local press when she was sixteen, and her various jobs include the Northern Arts Fellowship, and writer in residence at Queen’s University Belfast, University College Cork and the University of Stockholm. She writes fiction and drama and has translated Russian poetry with her late partner, Yuri Drobyshev. Rumens has published seventeen collections of poetry and currently teaches Creative Writing part-time at the University of Bangor.