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Poems 1988-1998 is a compendium from Jo Shapcott’s award-winning books Electroplating the Baby, Phrase Book and My Life Asleep. It reveals her to be a writer of ingenious, politically acute and provocative imagination and justifies her reputation as one of the most original and daring voices of her generation.
'Shapcott is gifted and original, and it is in work such as hers that the future health of poetry needs to be sought.'
'There is about Shapcott's poetry a passionate reticence. Once in disguise, though, pressed into other skins and other perspectives, she howls and sings.'
'Jo Shapcott's is a voice that reaches out and grabs. In all her work, she transforms the extraordinary into the immediately plausible . . . Whatever her province, her concern remains for the chaotically unaccountable in humanity.'
'Poems which have a way of turning physics into the physical, the subatomic field of matter into one vast erogenous zone.'
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