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The Bees

(2011)
A collection of poems by

 
A winner of the Costa Book Award, "beautiful and moving poetry for the real world" (The Guardian)

The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy's first collection of new poems as British poet laureate, and the much anticipated successor to the T. S. Eliot Prize - winning Rapture. After the intimate focus of the earlier book, The Bees finds Duffy using her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems to the weather, and poems of political anger. There are elegies, too, for beloved friends and - most movingly - for the poet's mother. As Duffy's voice rises in this collection, her music intensifies, and every poem patterns itself into song.
Woven into and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy's subject, sometimes it strays into the poem or hovers at its edge - and the reader soon begins to anticipate its appearance. In the end, Duffy's point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees is Duffy's clearest affirmation yet of her belief in the poem as "secular prayer," as the means by which we remind ourselves of what is most worthy of our attention and concern, our passion and our praise.

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Hardback Editions

March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bees: Poems
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
ISBN: 0-86547-885-6 / 978-0-86547-885-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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October 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Bees
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
ISBN: 0-330-44244-9 / 978-0-330-44244-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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October 2011 : UK Hardback

Title: Bees Signed Edition
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
ISBN: 1-78103-424-9 / 978-1-78103-424-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador Hardbacks
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bees
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
ISBN: 1-5098-5292-1 / 978-1-5098-5292-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bees: Poems
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
ISBN: 0-86547-808-2 / 978-0-86547-808-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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1600 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bees
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
ISBN: 0-330-44245-7 / 978-0-330-44245-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bees
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bees
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bees
Author(s): Carol Ann Duffy
Publisher: Picador
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