Quotes by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

British poet and playwright

Alive from: 1955-

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

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    As anyone who has the slightest knowledge of my work knows, I have little in common with Larkin, who was tall, taciturn and thin-on-top, and unlike him I laugh, nay, sneer, in the face of death. I will concede one point: we are both lesbian poets.
    Source: Interviewed in The Guardian, August 31, 2002. [1]
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    Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
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    Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief.
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    Edinburgh is my favourite city. We'll be doing a lot of children's theatre and galleries.
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    Here.
    It will blind you with tears
    like a lover.
    It will make your reflection
    a wobbling photo of grief.
    Source: Valentine, from Mean Time (1993)
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    If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it.
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    It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
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    Light gatherer. You fell from a star
    into my lap, the soft lamp at the bedside
    mirrored in you,
    and now you shine like a snowgirl,
    a buttercup under a chin, the wide blue yonder
    you squeal at and fly in.
    Source: The Light Gatherer, from Feminine Gospels (2002)
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    Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant. In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth, so it can't have a fictional beginning.
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    Not a red rose or a satin heart.
    I give you an onion.
    It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
    It promises light
    like the careful undressing of love... I am trying to be truthful.
    Source: Valentine, from Mean Time (1993)
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    One saw I was alive. Loosened
    his belt. My bowels opened in a ragged gape of fear.
    Between the gap of corpses I could see a child.
    The soldiers laughed. Only a matter of days separate
    this from acts of torture now. They shot her in the eye.
    Source: Standing Female Nude (1985) Shooting Stars
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    Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
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    Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
    and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
    The room is turning slowly away from the moon.
    Source: Words, Wide Night, from The Other Country (1990)
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    The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form.
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    The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text. It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.
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