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Standing Female Nude
Selling Manhattan
The Other Country
Mean Time

Order these four books direct from Anvil for a total of only £20, post-free (usually £7.95 each).

The first four books by one of the UK's bestselling and best-loved poets feature such poems as "Warming Her Pearls", "Prayer" and "Valentine", representing the work that has made her reputation as one of our finest poets.


Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So, a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.

Some nights, although we are faithless, the truth
enters our hearts, that small familiar pain;
then a man will stand stock-still, hearing his youth
in the distant Latin chanting of a train.

Pray for us now. Grade I piano scales
console the lodger looking out across
a Midlands town. Then dusk, and someone calls
a child's name as though they named their loss.

Darkness outside. Inside, the radio's prayer -
Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre.

From Mean Time, 1993

 Carol Ann Duffy

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