Julia Copus

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Julia Copus was born in London, and is a British poet and children's writer.
Copus' books of poetry include The Shuttered Eye (Bloodaxe, 1995), which won her an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, In Defence of Adultery (Bloodaxe, 2003) and The World's Two Smallest Humans (Faber, 2012), shortlist ...
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The Back Seat of My Mother's Car
We left before I had time
to comfort you, to tell you that we nerly touched
hands in that vacuous half-dark. I wanted
In Defence of Adultery
We don't fall in love: it rises through us
the way that certain music does -
whether a symphony or ballad -
At length we learned what it meant to "come to" grief.
As if grief lay in wait for us all along,
a barricade or boulder in the road.
What was it pulled us to it - led as we were
Even human tissue's made of atoms,
bits of energy in cyclic motion:
our skin and cells and vital organs
are a lattice-work of small vibrations,
The Christmas Tree's Secret
Gather round: I've a tale to tell.
If you've ears to hear, then listen well.

In the frosty lanes of alley cats;


Peter pegnall 09 July 2019
clever, compassionate, quirky, Julia is one of the most astute and penetrating poets in the English language.
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