Skipper introduces an intriguing and readable new voice. Christy Ducker plays between light and dark, music and texture to take us into the swim of life. Warm, but never sentimental, the poems teem with people and everyday wonders: St Cuthbert appears at a laser clinic; breasts talk; a horse dentist perseveres; and Grace Darling learns to count. Ducker extends her vision from the deeply personal to the historical, engaging us in questions of self and place. This is a bold first collection, from a poet of energy and verve.

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Christy Ducker lives in Northumberland. Her pamphlet Armour (Smith|Doorstop, 2011) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Her poetry commissions include residencies for Port of Tyne and English Heritage. She works as a teacher of creative writing, and recently completed a PhD at Newcastle University.