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Empty Nest: Poems for Families Reviews

Empty Nest: Poems for Families by Carol Ann Duffy

Empty Nest: Poems for Families

Carol Ann Duffy

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Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781529028683

A stunning anthology of poems edited by Carol Ann Duffy on that special bond between parent and child through life, featuring some of our most beloved poets.

4 stars out of 5
Kate Kellaway
16 Mar 2021

"Fathers, mothers and grownup children reflect on leaving home and the ‘dance between closeness and distance’ in an outstanding anthology"

What like is her anthology? It is the unsafety of the writing about family that is striking, the sense of so much being at stake. At a time when many are struggling with full nest syndrome, this book rehearses a different scene – a dance between closeness and distance. The beautiful final poem is by Carol Ann Duffy’s daughter, Ella. It describes the sighting of her mother on Southwark Bridge while she signals from 50 floors above. Poetry seals their bond.