Empty Nest: Poems for Families (Hardback)
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Empty Nest: Poems for Families (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages
Published: 18/02/2021

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Waterstones Says

Exploring the countless joys and challenges of one of the deepest of human bonds, Empty Nest is a deeply touching anthology of poems on the parent-child relationship, selected by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

In this stunning anthology Carol Ann Duffy has selected 99 poems exploring parenting.

The special bond between parent and child is both powerful and unique. And yet there is a time when that bond must ease, where our grip on that dear one must loosen, when we must let them go whether we are ready to or not.

In Empty Nest, a beautiful selection of modern and classic poems range along the tender line between parent and child, covering growing old, the deep love of a parent, the everyday of family life and leaving home to live an independent life, but also unthinkable grief, loss and estrangement. Some of our very favourite poets feature in the selection, such as Elizabeth Bishop, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, Shakespeare, Imtiaz Dharker, Seamus Heaney and Don Paterson.

These poems are by turns wry, affecting, profound, melancholy and wise; they will console and comfort those suddenly facing a house that's much cleaner but also much quieter than it was. There is something here for every reader to treasure.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529028683
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 222 x 142 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The collection brings together a marvellous array of poets, some modern some not, who have all got something to say on the subject of family and all its glorious webs of relationships. - The York Press

Fathers, mothers and grownup children reflect on fleeing the nest and the agony of absence in a superb anthology - Kate Kellaway, The Observer

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

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

Carol Ann Duffy is arguably the nation’s favourite living poet - Jeanette Winterson, author of Frankissstein

Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time - Guardian

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