“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.”—The Guardian (UK)
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.