- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 9, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057119995X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571199952
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World's Wife: Poems 1st Edition
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The World's Wife lets previously unheard women speak. Their voices are not always what readers expect from a lyric speaker, for how often is deep emotion examined through rhyming slang for tits, or the nicknames for a penis? Yet when Duffy calls a modern wife frustrated by her husband's discovery of Viagra "Mrs. Rip Van Winkle," or a contemporary-voiced woman whose husband works mindlessly and ceaselessly "Mrs. Sisyphus," Duffy reveals that their personal struggles are not theirs alone. Their troubles have resonance, and echo through history, literature and myth---even though in the past it may have been left unspoken.
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This book was a step outside of my comfort zone. The only poetry books I own are by Shel Silverstein and are geared toward little kids.Read more