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The Poems of Dorothy Molloy

Dorothy Molloy

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 19 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780571348466

Dorothy Molloy was a star in the making when Faber prepared her debut Hare Soup (2004) for publication, before tragedy struck, and she died four days before advance copies arrived.

4 stars out of 5

"this new book brings her back to us"

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.