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Dearly: New Poems Kindle Edition
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"Brings out the very best in Atwood--moral vision, biting humor, and a poet's imagination."-- "Chatelaine on The Handmaid's Tale" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. She is the recipient of dozens of awards, including joint winner of the Booker Prize in 2019, as well as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovators Award, among many others.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B0847NZL76
- Publisher : Ecco (November 10, 2020)
- Publication date : November 10, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 137 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #274,193 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In Dearly, Margaret Atwood offers more than five dozen (depending on how you choose to count some of the stanzas) short poems on subjects such as the tribulations of getting older and the pain of memory loss in loved ones, changes in our natural world, gender roles, animal rights, and heartbreaking acts of violence. These are clearly topics the author is passionate about and she brings a forceful and thoughtful approach to addressing them all, which is exactly what you would expect from one of our greatest living writers. What I did not expect was to be so moved by her poetry instead of by the more familiar channel of her long-form fiction.
While each of the poems in the volume stands on its own merit, I definitely had several favorites, including ‘Late Poems’, ‘Salt, ‘Souvenirs’, ‘Betrayal’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Songs for Murdered Sisters’, ‘Zombie’, ‘Invisible Man’, and ‘Blackberries’, to name a few. I was quite struck by just how powerful and personal some of these verses were, although I have to confess that it was not until I read them for a second time that I felt their real force. Of course, that is my shortcoming and not the author’s; you really cannot read poetry at the same pace or in the same way that your read fiction, which is something I had to remind myself of repeatedly. Still, for both Atwood devotees and those new to her work, Dearly is a book that merits attention.
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There are birds, lots of birds - and to be honest I sort of got a bit sick of them. But then I started thinking about what birds meant to me and decided they were a perfect thread to run through the collection: from freedom flyers to carrion crows, small things that put on bright colours to distract or disguise, utilitarian beaks, songs to entice, warn or mimic - some with problem solving smarts. Eggs! Small life contained in something hard, fighting to get out, yet nourishing to others. Yes, birds worked.
These poems are easy read. Everyone will find something they can relate to at different stages of their lives. I tried to read them sparingly, to let each one settle for a while as I read, but I found myself eager to read the next one and the next one. I ended up finishing it in two sittings, although I am sure I will go back to it many times to read over my favourites.
Alongside reading I listened to its audiobook edition, read by Atwood. I did note that the book includes a short letter to the reader by Atwood that isn’t included in the audiobook.
I am not someone who reads much poetry, yet I found these poems quite accessible. ‘Dearly’ is a thought provoking collection, exploring a variety of themes; some are quite playful and others profound. I particularly enjoyed those with nature and mythological themes.
Margaret Atwood has a very distinctive voice and clearly was the perfect reader for such a personal selection of poems.
This is bound to be a collection that I will revisit in order to appreciate the poems individually rather than reading them in a single sitting as I did initially.