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Virago Book Of Wicked Verse [Paperback]

Jill Dawson

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Feb. 1 2006
This wonderfully sharp and witty collection of poems - feisty, bawdy, erotic, irreverent - is an illuminating comment on women's ability to transform poetry into a medium of subversiveness. There are jibes at hypocrisy and prejudice, plenty of sexiness and sauciness, and a riotous turning of the 'Lady Poet' image on its head. ('A fallinf leaf could stir her. / A wilting, dying rose / would make her write, both day and night, / the most rewarding prose. / She'd find a hidden meaning / in every pair of pants / then hurry home to be alone / and write about romance' - Maya Angelou). With poets spanning continents and centuries, this anthology demonstrates lavishly the myriad ways in which women can be 'wicked' - by their definition - and wilfully so!

Poems by: Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Aphra Behn, Nina Cassian, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Lorna Goodison, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochead, Suniti Namjoshi, Grace Nichols, Dorothy Parker, Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Izumi Shikibu, Stevie Smith, Anna Wickham and many more.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844082261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844082261
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Feisty, bawdy, erotic, irreverent ‹ The Virago Book of Wicked Verse is a telling commentary on women¹s ability to transform poetry into a medium of subversiveness. There are jibes at hypocrisy and prejudice, sexiness and sauciness, and a riotous overturning of the ³Lady Poet² image. With poets spanning continents and centuries, this anthology abundantly demonstrates the ways in which women can be ³wicked² ‹ by their definition ‹ and willfully so. Among the list of contributors are Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Suniti Namjoshi, Grace Nichols, Dorothy Parker, Izumi Shikibu, and Stevie Smith. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jill Dawson was born in 1962 in Durham and grew up in Yorkshire. She is a poet, editor and short-story writer. In 1992 she won the Eric Gregory Award for poetry. She lives in Hackney with her son. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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