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Jo Shapcott’s award-winning first three collections, gathered in Her Book: Poems 1988-1998, revealed her to be a writer of ingenuous, politically acute and provocative poetry, and rightly earned her a reputation as one of the most original and daring voices of her generation. In Of Mutability, Shapcott is found writing at her most memorable and bold. In a series of poems that explore the nature of change – in the body and the natural world, and in the shifting relationships between people – these poems look freshly but squarely at mortality. By turns grave and playful, arresting and witty, the poems in Of Mutability celebrate each waking moment as though it might be the last, and in so doing restore wonder to the to the smallest of encounters.
'It has been 12 years since Jo Shapcott's last full collection of poetry, and it has been worth the wait ... Of Mutability is a marvellously resonant, coherent collection ... subtle, beguiling.'
'Everything changes - and anything is worthy of Shapcott's steady, penetrating gaze ... grave but gritty, philosophical but witty, playful but also profound.'
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