If I Don't Know

Wendy Cope
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Wendy Cope's most recent collection, her first since Serious Concerns in 1992, extends her concern with the comedy of the examined life ('the way we have been, the way we sometimes are'), and imagines those adjustments to the ordinary which would fulfil our futures, or allow us to realize the golden age of five minutes ago, or weigh the 'out there' of the present moment, where what is in sight is also out of reach. These are poems of well-tempered yearning, conditional idylls which sing in praise of lying fallow, the creativity of daydream, the yeast of boredom, the truths of intermediacy. Wendy Cope's formal tact is alertly present - in triolets, rondeaux, villanelles, squibs, epigrams - small forms whose power to disarm goes hand in hand with her characteristically tart ripostes to the way things (usually) are. This collection extends the variousness of her occasions.

Author bio:

Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary-school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986. In 1987 she received a Cholmondley Award for poetry and in 1993 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 1995 she won the American Academy of Letters Michael Braude Award for Light Verse and in 1999 she was awarded a Hon. D.Lit from King Alfred's College, Winchester (Southampton University). She has written and edited numerous poetry volumes and anthologies for both adults and children, and was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Poetry Book of the Year for If I Don't Know.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9780571207671
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Poetry
Pub Date: July 2005
Page Extent: 96
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literature & literary studies