The Poems of Dorothy Molloy makes clear from the outset the poet’s interpretation of the human self as only a contributing element of a wider existence and opens with “Credo”, a small text that reads as Molloy’s poetry manifesto. In it, her spiritual and artistic commitment to the universe – namely to participate with her voice in the harmonies of a cosmic choir of voices – is laid out, as is her desire for a strong physical connection with our planet: her feet on the ground, her lungs working effortlessly. This same sensorial and emotional union with the natural world is cherished in her poetry, which abounds in images of the ocean and its waves, fruits and winds that merge with the body of the poetic persona, as in “Keeping the warm animal”, where we are reminded to trust “the body that roots us / here, in this world, our home / country; our feet walking its / earth; the heart beating its / beat, even when I forget who I am”. In our current age of environmental degradation and extinction, with reactions against climate change escalating worldwide to halt the damage to our ecosystems, Molloy’s nourishing of this primal link between body and nature is as current now as it is urgent.
An Elephant in Rome
" January 1, 2021 Read this issue IN THIS REVIEW AN ELEPHANT IN ROME Bernini, the Pope and the making of the Eternal City 224pp. Pallas Athene. £19.99. Loyd Grossman Acheerful bricolage of biography, art history, trivia and travelogue..."
— Times Literary Supplement