Carol Rumens has always confronted the personal with the political in poems which are remarkable for their imaginative daring and their engagement with other lives. Often set against the background of Eastern Europe, Russia or Northern Ireland, they are filled with a powerful sense of loss and exile. She draws on a wide variety of characters and voices to dramatise the realities of suffering and persecution, or to write direct, honest accounts of love, separation, death and displacement.
'Carol Rumens is one of the few women poets writing today whose seriousness is absolute but not closed; whose political beliefs are so enmeshed with her intelligence and sympathetic passions, that it is impossible to consider the state of contemporary poetry in Britain without taking her work into account...She retains her feminine voice, but extends her sympathies beyond feminism in sinewy but heart-piercing poems' - Anne Stevenson.
'She is a European poet whose imagination goes beyond the confines of Europe, a poet of borders and transit, and of the movement across frontiers which makes both the experience of alienation and that of "home" a relative matter' - Isobel Armstrong, TLS. 'Her poetry achieves levels of genuine anger, expressing through gritted teeth an avowed intention to redeem, in art and love, the contemporary world that helped create them, against which they pitch themselves' - John Sears, PopMatters.
Publication celebrated Carol Rumens's 60th birthday on 10 December 2004.
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