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The Handless Maiden

by Vicki Feaver

The Handless Maiden Synopsis

The poems in this extraordinary book deal in familiar emotions - love, grief, rage, loneliness - but do so with such a fresh and fierce eye, such lived intensity, that the familiar is given again the force to touch our nerves, to seem raw and new. Some of the poems are based in the territory of home and childhood, others move into that unnerving space where the safe and polite world plunges over a ledge - into anarchic revisions of what is possible or acceptable. They treat myths and fairy stories, or even paintings, not as fictions but as part of our continuing experience. Powerful and sensuous, wry and witty, their clear voice stays in the mind: provoking, questioning, refusing to accept the soft lie. These disturbing and passionate poems demand to be read.

The Handless Maiden Press Reviews

This is a rich, disturbing and vibrant collection of poems...confident, mature and visionary, creating an artistic identity which a great many novelists could only dream of -- Michael Bracewell * Guardian * Whether she is 'in search of the edge' or dancing 'out over the edge' Feaver brings areas of female sexuality and its taboos to the public imagination of women and men with brilliance, sensitivity and perfect control -- Deryn Rees Jones * London Magazine * Vicki Feaver's poems resonate with truth and raw emotion... Whether she is writing about ironing, childhood, periods or love, her wry humour and sensuous style make familiar subject matter seem fresh and new -- Kate Figes, * Cosmopolitan *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780224090049
Publication date: 3rd September 2009
Author: Vicki Feaver
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 64 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Vicki Feaver

Vicki Feaver was born in Nottingham in 1943 and studied at Durham and University College, London. She has published three collections: Close Relatives (1981), The Handless Maiden (1994), winner of the Heinemann Award and shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and The Book of Blood (2006), which was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize and theCosta Poetry Award. The Handless Maiden includes the poem 'Judith', winner of the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In 1993 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and in 1999 a Cholmondeley Award.

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