Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Great Regulars: It appears alongside "Warming Her Pearls",

a lesbian love poem in the voice of a lady's maid who fancies not the mistress's pearls but the mistress herself. I think what I was interested in at the time of writing these poems was in finding a language and imagery for the erotic and the hidden or secret. The pearls warmed by the pining servant's skin are, of course, a metaphor for her desire; but a poem is also like a pearl--a language-jewel provoked into existence by the grit of feeling or revelation.

from Carol Ann Duffy: The Daily Mirror: Poetry Corner: Carol Ann Duffy on her collection Love Poems--Guardian book club


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