I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine Poems For Young Feminists

Carol Ann Duffy, Editor; Illustrated By Trisha Rafferty

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



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112 Pages



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With readable, richly varied contributions from women poets both famous and unknown, both young and old, both English-speaking and in-translation, I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine: Poems for Young Feminists is a timely, unique, and exceptionally inclusive anthology. Edited by Carol Ann Duffy, herself a British feminist poet of much renown, this collection of insights and truths will appeal equally to poetry buffs and poetry novices, be they students or general readers.


Praise for I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine

"This excellent volume features the work of women, known and unknown, from around the world . . . Buy this book for someone who thinks she doesn't like poetry."—The Bloomsbury Review

"These are witty, sophisticated, non-messagey poems. They are angry, funny, tender, dramatic, full of surprise and conflict and self-mockery. Candid about failure and betrayal, they play with language, role, and stereotype . . . [They] open up the range of love and family."—Booklist (starred review)

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Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1955. She grew up in Stafford, England, and attended the University of Liverpool, where she obtained an honors degree in philosophy in 1977. Duffy's poetry has received numerous awards, and she is a member of the Royal Society of Literature. Among her recent books is The World's Wife:Poems, published in America by Faber and Faber (2000). Duffy currently lives in Manchester, England, where she lectures on poetry for the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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  • Carol Ann Duffy, Editor; Illustrated By Trisha Rafferty

  • Carol Ann Duffy is the author or editor of several volumes of poetry, including two for children. She has received, among other honors, the Forward Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Lannan Award, and the E. M. Forster Prize for her work. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Duffy lives in Manchester, England, and is currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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