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Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2011.

Armour was a winner in the 2010 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Simon Armitage.

"Unsettling and edgy, these poems have the strangeness of myth and the zany logic of nursery rhymes, but for adult ears. A real zest for language and startling imagery."
Simon Armitage

"Christy Ducker’s poems are intriguing, skilful and musically alert. With a light touch she performs the difficult feat of writing convincingly and unsentimentally about happiness. After this collection so rich in pleasures, we should be hearing more of Christy Ducker."
Sean O’Brien

from 'Armour'

I’d rather be a lobster,
in pre-op, not knowing
whether I’ll fail
on the surgeon’s table.
The lobster has plans:
he can tear away
a limb in battle,
scrinch off home
and await new growth.
I’ve no such armour ...

Christy Ducker lives in Northumberland. She has received the Andrew Waterhouse award and her work has been widely published in magazines. She has run writing workshops for English Heritage, Tyne & Wear Museums and the Open University. She is now working on a collection of poems about Grace Darling, as part of her PhD research at Newcastle University.