Our Bookseller says:
Alright, I admit it: before reading this, I wasn’t sure I would love Atwood’s poetry as much as her prose. “How could she outdo the ‘male fantasies’ monologue from The Robber Bride?” I asked, like an idiot. I picked up Dearly and was metaphorically suplexed through the planet’s mantle.
The second poem is about a cat with dementia and it made me cry. Don’t ask how it felt to reach her poems about flatlining, let alone “Everyone Else’s Sex Life.” Margaret Atwood proves with every poem that she knows the human condition and its infinite foibles like a seer, and she is unafraid to eviscerate you emotionally. Which makes it all the more shocking when her sense of humor pulls out a wry laugh. – Terry
A new book of poetry from internationally acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood.
In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and – zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.
While many are familiar with Margaret Atwood’s fiction—including her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others—she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. And she is one of the very few writers equally accomplished in fiction and poetry. This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry readers alike.