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Jo Shapcott is a poet of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, who has also published anthologies, verse for music, and a book of critical prose based on a lecture series.
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24 March 1953 JS was born in London; in a poem she calls this year "myopic . . . full of the coronation illusion." She is a second child, an only daughter with one brother. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1985 JS (who had already won the South West Arts Literature Award in 1982) was awarded first prize in the National Poetry Competition for a poem called "The Surrealists' Summer Convention Came to Our City". Bibliographic Citation link.
By 29 January 2000 JS published with Faber Her Book: Poems 1988-1998, which reprints her selections from her three previous collections. Bibliographic Citation link.
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