Modern Women Poets
Edited by Deryn Rees-Jones
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Modern Women Poets by Deryn Rees-Jones
Book Description"Modern Women Poets" is the companion anthology to Deryn Rees-Jones's pioneering critical study, "Consorting with Angels: Essays on Modern Women Poets". While its selections illuminate and illustrate her essays, Deryn Rees-Jones's superb anthology works in its own right as the best possible introduction to a whole century of poetry by women. The anthology draws together the work of women poets from Britain, Ireland and America as one version of a history of women's poetic writing, while not isolating women's writing from its intersection with the work of male contemporaries. Tracing an arc from Charlotte Mew to Stevie Smith, from Sylvia Plath to the writing emerging from the Women's Movement, and to the more recent work of Medbh McGuckian, Jo Shapcott and Carol Ann Duffy, the anthology draws together the work of women poets from Britain, Ireland and America as one version of a history of women's poetic writing. It shows important connections between the work of women poets and shows how - throughout past 100 years - they have developed strategies for engaging with a male-dominated tradition. "Modern Women Poets" allows the reader to trace women's negotiations with one another's work, as well as to reflect more generally on the politics of women's engagement with history, nature, politics, motherhood, science, religion, the body, sexuality, identity, death, love, and poetry itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781852246785
(209mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Deryn Rees-Jones
What it's Like to be Alive, Paperback (September 2016)
What It's Like to Be Alive: Selected Poems marks a career milestone for the highly-acclaimed Liverpool-based poet, Deryn Rees-Jones. Readers will find generous selections from her previously published prize-winning individual collections. These poems are intimately lyrical and possessed of a 'devastating emotional power'- John Burnside.
And You, Helen, Hardback (June 2014)
And You, Helen explores the widowhood of Helen Thomas, wife of war poet Edward Thomas, and by implications war widows generally. Deryn Rees-Jones's long poem is accompanied by a meditation on Helen, illustrated by Charlotte Hodes's collages.
Burying the Wren, Paperback (September 2012)
In Burying the Wren, Deryn Rees-Jones's fourth poetry collection from Seren, the author returns to familiar preoccupations but with a new clarity and maturity of vision.
Consorting with Angels, Paperback (December 2005)» View all books by Deryn Rees-Jones
In this pioneering study, Deryn Rees-Jones argues that the poetic traditions of the 20th century must be radically re-thought in light of the formal and thematic experimentation of three generations of women poets.
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Author Biography - Deryn Rees-Jones
deryn rees-jones did doctoral research on women poets at Birkbeck College, and now lectures at Liverpool University. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1993, and an Arts Council of England Writer's Award in 1996. She has published three poetry books with Seren, The Memory Tray (1994), which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize, and Signs Round a Dead Body (1998), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and Quiver: A Murder Mystery (2004). She has also co-edited a book of essays, Contemporary Women's Poetry: Reading/Writing/Practice (2001), with Alison Mark, and published a monograph, Carol Ann Duffy (2001) in Northcote House's Writers & Their Work series. Her critical study Consorting with Angels: Essays on Modern Women Poets is published by Bloodaxe at the same time as this anthology.
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