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Julia Copus

The Shuttered Eye
By Julia Copus

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The Shuttered Eye

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

In The Shuttered Eye, her first collection, Julia Copus encompasses the whole span of life, through birth and parenthood to abandonment, break-up and death. Her song is one of rage against fear, a restless search for fulfilment, and in its singing she inhabits a world peopled with strangely familiar characters from myth, legend and fairytale to throw the turmoil of love and family relationships into sharp relief.

In these highly musical and delicately wrought poems, she captures the pain of resignation and the pangs of lost love, while balancing decay and disappointment with renewal and rebirth. Wounds are not always healed nor dreams achieved, but true contentment is always tantalisingly close at hand, glimpsed through the shadowy half-light of the shuttered eye.

'Julia Copus is one of the latest discoveries of the indefatigable Bloodaxe Books. The Shuttered Eye begins with several searing poems on marital break-up. Plath (for whom there is an elegy in this volume) has evidently been Copus's guide into the labyrinths of the Electra complex, but she is quite as much her own woman as her distinctive Daddy is his own man' – Liz Lochhead, Poetry Book Society Bulletin

‘She slips skilfully in and out of figures from myth, fairytale, art and literature…Her poetry is deft, and seethes with anxiety and displacement. Where she will go after this accomplished debut is anyone’s guess’ – Maggie O'Farrell, Poetry London

‘Julia Copus’s poems view some of the most turbulent moments in life through a sharp, clear lens: mature, uncomfortably honest, uncompromising’ – Maura Dooley

‘A poet of relationships…offering some important insights into how we make our ways through what Stephen Hawking calls "the dark stuff" of our universe’ – John Sears

£6.95  Paperback 
1 85224 338 4.  64pp. 1995. 
Subjects:  Love PoetryPoets of the 1980/90sWomen

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Other books by Julia Copus:
In Defence of Adultery