"A golden honeycomb of a collection, buzzing with energy, pity, passion and perceptiveness about what makes us human . . . It is clearly the work of the great poet of our time."—Amanda Craig, New Stateman"[Duffy] has such remarkable gifts as a poet of grace, dexerity and clarity, And there are poems here that are unforced and beautiful: gifts."—Kate Kellaway, The Observer"As always in [Duffy's] poetry, the mythic and mundane work in tandem . . . These poems align tenderness and virtuosity, heart and craft, with all the accessible authority that Duffy has made her trademark."—Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
“Wonderfully varied . . . [Some poems] will sting you to tears. The elegies for [her] much-missed mother are the most moving poems in the whole book. ‘Cold’ will stop your own heart for a moment. Duffy is brazen enough to write words such as ‘besotted,’ ‘smitten’ . . . and to bring it all off brilliantly.”—Liz Lochhead, The Guardian
Carol Ann Duffy was appointed British poet laureate in 2009. She lives in Manchester, where she is a professor and the creative director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.