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Perhaps Bag
Carol Rumens




Sheep Meadow
2017 • 514 pp. 6 1/2 x 9"
Poetry

$22.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-71-2



“Carol Rumens is one of the few women poets writing today whose seriousness is absolute but not closed; whose political beliefs are so enmeshed with... [continued in Reviews below]”—Anne Stevenson,

Perhaps Bag is about what it feels like to think. Carol Rumens is a kind of old woman who lives in a shoe with too many children—that includes me, you, Russians, and Englishmen and women, and children, and animals. And somehow she knew what to do.

“She is an English poet, a European poet, whose imagination goes beyond the borders of Europe. Her poetry is densely peopled, clamorous with voices, furious and with an edge of hilarious clarity . . . the bravado, the assurance of the beautiful but damned, philosophical, playful, with umpteen forms expertly managed.” —Times Literary Supplement

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“Carol Rumens is one of the few women poets writing today whose seriousness is absolute but not closed; whose political beliefs are so enmeshed with her intelligence and sympathetic passions that it is impossible to consider the state of contemporary poetry in Britain without taking her work into account . . . She retains her feminine voice, but extends her sympathies beyond feminism in sinewy but heart-piercing poems.”—Anne Stevenson

“She is an English poet, a European poet, whose imagination goes beyond the borders of Europe. Her poetry is densely peopled, clamorous with voices, furious and with an edge of hilarious clarity . . . the bravado, the assurance of the beautiful but damned, philosophical, playful, with umpteen forms expertly managed.” —Times Literary Supplement

“So much of the pathos and courage of her poetry comes from the way she confronts experience with balance and control . . . abandoning safety.”—Elaine Feinstein

From the Book:

LULLABY FOR A FIRST CHILD

This timid gift I nurse
as the one clear things I can do.
I am new and history-less
as the name on your wrist, as you.
But flesh has scored a deep kindness
ready to welcome you.
Take it, a little silver
into your small purse.
There it will gather interest—
the warm, bright weight of you.



CAROL RUMENS was born in South London in 1944. Blessed and knocked about, she somehow wrote fourteen books of acclaimed poetry, as well as translations from the Russian. She is currently visiting professor of creative writing at Bangor University, Wales.



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