Author(s): Margaret Atwood
The evolution of Margaret Atwood's poetry illuminates one of our major literary talents. Here, as in her novels, is intensity combined with sardonic detachment, and in these early poems her genius for a level stare at the ordinary is wonderfully apparent. Just as startling is her ability to contrast the everyday with the terrifying: 'Each time I hit a key/ on my electric typewriter/ speaking of peaceful trees/ another village explodes.' Her poetic voice is crystal clear, insistent, unmistakably her own. Through bus trips and postcards, wilderness and trivia, she reflects the passion and energy of a writer intensely engaged with her craft and the world. Two former collections, Poems 1965 - 1975 and Poems 1976 - 1986, are presented together with her latest collection, Morning in the Burned House, in this omnibus that represents the development of a major poet.
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'Atwood is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure ... who pits herself against the ordered too-clean world like an arsonist' MICHAEL ONDAATJE 'An acute and poetic observer of the eternal, universal rum relations between women and men' THE TIMES 'Detached, ironic, loving by turns ... poems that sing off the page and sting' MICHELE ROBERTS 'Lean, symbolic, thoroughly Atwoodesque prose honed into elegant columns. Some of this stuff is unsuitable for nervous dispositions' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 'The work of a powerful, original imagination ... (the poems) show that Atwood is a poet whose vision of life is so daringly original that she creates her own mythology' GLASGOW HERALD
Margaret Atwood's novel, ALIAS GRACE, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 1996. She has written many novels, including the prize-winning THE HANDMAID'S TALE, which was also a successful film. In 2000 she won the Booker Prize for her novel The Blind Assassin.