The Bees

The Bees

Main Market Ed.

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Beautiful and moving poetry for the real world' Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

'Wonderful . . . a poet alert to every sound and shape of language' Sunday Telegraph

The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy's first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and - most movingly - the poet's own mother.

Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy's subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy's point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

'Swooningly glorious' The Times

'Indisputably her best volume' Sunday Times

'Duffy is magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself' Scotsman

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9780330442459
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
Edition: Main Market Ed.
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 83
Weight: 134g
Height: 202mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 10mm