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Today's poem is "Pledge to the Freight Canvasser"
from Hex

Bloodaxe Books Ltd. / Dufour Editions

Carol Rumens is the former editor of Quatro and The Literary Review, and co-editor of Brangle. She has won several prizes for her poetry, including the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, the Cholmondeley Award and the Prudence Farmer Prize. Star Whisper was a Poetry Book Society Choice, and she has since received several Poetry Book Society Recommendations and Special Commendations. In 1999, her collection Holding Pattern was shortlisted for a Belfast City Arts Award. She has published eleven books of poetry.

About Hex:

"Carol Rumens is one of the few women poets writing poetry 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



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