Wednesday, October 07, 2009

"Carol Ann Duffy At University Of Chester"

On Monday, Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, read her poetry at the University of Chester, as part of LitFest.
A large audience shared Duffy's words, feelings, ideas and her memories. They found comfort and pleasure. They probably found many things.
A large audience empathised with and lauded the skill of Duffy....her powers as wordsmith...then, ( I imagine!) they went home and ransacked their bookshelves and sat up in bed till after Duffy's words, before falling asleep with those words dangling and ringing and singing in their ears.

Duffy read from her anthologies, incl " The World's Wife" ( poetry monologues, spoken by women gracing history, legend, the Bible. ) She read poems chronicling a love affair ...from start to finish, from her collection: "Rapture".

BUT my favourite is the simply-named : " Prayer" . Duffy read this as her penultimate poem on Monday.
Every time I read it, I'm in my 1st week as a student. Its dusk in a town I don't know and lectures are over and I walk with friends I don't know (who are not yet my friends)....and we wander along a tree-lined drive to a place I don't know.....and on Monday, like then, I was in that drive again....picturing my mother at home ( without me).... sipping tea in a tea-time kitchen( without me)... and she's missing me and I'm certainly missing her.. ...
Lines in that poem stab with their beauty, their recognition....


Blogger Lucy said...

I've heard really good reports of her live readings. I have to admit I'd only read or heard bits and pieces of her work before she got the appointment, then I got round to ordering a selection and reading more. I think now 'Prayer' really is one of my favourites.

9:38 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

There are certain lines that send shivers....
"...Grade 1 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...."

1:22 pm  

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