Carol Ann Duffy- Rapture

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Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
A terribly small photo, but I have a different version of this book at home and the cover is not as appealing, so couldn't take a larger picture of my own copy!


I have mentioned before that Carol Ann Duffy is my favourite poet ever. I love everything that she writes. You know when you read or listen to something that you just click with, and it has you nodding  like a fool the whole way through? That's how I feel when I read her poetry. This is my favourite collection of hers, as I am a complete sucker for love poems. Especially unrequited love poems, which feature quite heavily in this book! The newer cover that was released for Picador's anniversary is just beautiful, too.

I thought I would share my favourite poem from Rapture. I don't quite know why it's my favourite, but there is something about it that hits me right in the heart. Like all of the poems in this collection, it has the most powerful imagery that just takes my breath away. I love this poem so much that I even have a tattoo of the closing sentence.



I want you and you are not here. I pause 

in this garden, breathing the colour thought is
before language into still air. Even your name 
is a pale ghost and, though I exhale it again
and again, it will not stay with me. Tonight
I make you up, imagine you, your movements clearer
than the words I have you say you said before.



Wherever you are now, inside my head you fix me

with a look, standing here whilst cool late light
dissolves into the earth. I have got your mouth wrong, 
but still it smiles. I hold you closer, miles away,
inventing love, until the calls of nightjars 
interrupt and turn what was to come, was certain,
into memory. The stars are filming us for no one.




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