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Dearly: Poems - Margaret Atwood

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A landmark collection from one of contemporary poetry's most highly regarded names
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Author: Margaret Atwood

Date Published: 10-Nov-2020

Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Margaret Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognisable and celebrated themes, but distilled -- from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in flux, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment. Dearly is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. She first rose to prominence as a poet, and has published eighteen collections including The Circle Game (1964), Interlunar (1984), Morning in the Burned House (1995) and The Door (2007). Her poetry has won a Governor General's Award, the Union Poetry Prize, the Bess Hoskins Prize and the Golden Wreath Award.

Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, was followed in 2019 by a sequel, The Testaments, which was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize.

Atwood has been awarded the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of the Companions of Honour. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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A poignant yet playful collection of verse, about endings and departures, it is sliced with clever, sharp humour -- Sonia Haria * Daily Telegraph *
She turns her eye to the past, to nature, to fantasy, to current affairs, all with the calm eye of a writer who has nothing to prove -- Maria Crawford * Financial Times Books of the Year *
This collection of poems is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of wisdom and control . . . You can almost hear her speaking voice, see the twinkle in her eye . . . wonderfully observed -- Kate Kellaway * Observer *
I finished this collection deeply impressed by Atwood's capacity for powerful, lyric description -- Rebecca Tamas * i *
This whole collection stands as a mighty demonstration of how great poetry can embody and celebrate the sheer vibrancy and beauty of life, in the face of the most profound sorrow and terror. Read these poems aloud, read them carefully, read them with joy and tears; savour the raw power of their rhythms and assonances, and the sheer mastery with which Atwood, at the height of her powers, transforms anger and grief into glinting beauty and brilliance. And then ask yourself whether, if humanity survives, any future historian could ever find a richer, more courageous or more truthful account of what it was, and how it felt, to be alive in these times; and give yourself the answer - no, most truly, she could not -- Joyce McMillan * Scotsman *
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