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Copus’s ample stanzas give us a world as intensely realised as a novel, in which life itself seems to be taking place. […] What Copus’s poems of time and change propose runs counter to contemporary habits: hope, they say, is worth the candle, and this quietly powerful, deeply felt book ends with an affirmative for the future: “I give myself over, shell and shelter, / child, my own.

— Sean O'Brien, The Sunday Times

This is a beautiful, arresting, sympathetic collection. […] There is something about the control, the high resolution, that gives this collection its special, contradictory emotional mixture: it is elegiac and buoyant… The wonder of these poems is that although they could hardly be more personal – childhood; the end of an affair; a sequence on IVF treatment – there is no self-indulgence and no sense, for the reader, of being an intruder.

— Kate Kellaway, The Observer

A lyrical and majestic collection that tells a very personal story.

— Costa Book Award Judges, 2012

Julia Copus demonstrates both technical virtuosity and autobiographical courage in The World’s Two Smallest Humans. A tremendous book.

— Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4's Front Row and Guardian Books of the Year

A master poet at work. With a characterful blend of the heart-felt and the experimental, delivered in language that is never less than pin-sharp, it is one of the most striking volumes of the year.

— Matthew Richardson, The Spectator

Warm, human and readable, without the wilful opacity of so much modern poetry.

— Brandon Robshaw, The Independent on Sunday

In The World’s Two Smallest Humans, Julia Copus has created a compelling, claustrophobic world which tests and questions the limits of human significance. Copus skilfully evades the easy answer to create a troubling sense of uncertainty. Hero and Leander were just another pair of young lovers, yet the story testifies to the value of human endeavour, which leaves us richer, even in tragedy.

— John Field, Poor Rude Lines
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