British poet, born in Nottingham. Close Relatives (1981), a series of portraits and acute, sympathetic observations of human relationships, introduced Feaver's characteristic style: deceptively plain language enlivened by taut rhythms and suddenly enlarged by boldly imaginative metaphors. The Handless Maiden (1994) is more feminist in theme, and also more emphatic in its use of myth, both as metaphor and in dramatic monologues such as the celebrated ‘Judith’. Her third collection, The Book of Blood, was published in 2006. Feaver has won many awards, particularly for individual poems.