Dearly: New Poems

Dearly: New Poems

by Margaret Atwood
Dearly: New Poems

Dearly: New Poems

by Margaret Atwood


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We not only love the way Margaret Atwood sees the world, we also love the way she describes the world. From sensuality in nature to growing older (which, in Atwood's world is OK for the faint of heart and memories of the past), the poems in Dearly display a sensitive understanding of the human condition with just the right amount of humor peppered throughout. It's a joy to move through this collection; to understand the change of seasons and the wonderful world that surrounds us.

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 TaleThe TestamentsOryx 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063032507
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 412,947
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of over fifty books, including fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning television series, her works include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; Hag-Seed; The Testaments, which won the Booker Prize and was long-listed for the Giller Prize; and the poetry collection Dearly. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in Great Britain for her services to literature. She lives in Toronto.


Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario


B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

Table of Contents


Late Poems 3

Ghost Cat 4

Salt 5

Passports 6

Blizzard 7

Coconut 9

Souvenirs 10

The Tin Woodwoman Gets a Massage 12

If There Were No Emptiness 13


Health Class (1953) 17

A Genre Painting 18

Princess Clothing 19

Cicadas 22

Double-Entry Slug Sex 23

Everyone Else's Sex Life 25

Betrayal 27

Frida Kahlo, San Miguel, Ash Wednesday 28

Cassandra Considers Declining the Gift 30

Shadow 31

Songs for Murdered Sisters 32

1 Empty Chair

2 Enchantment

3 Anger

4 Dream

5 Bird Soul

6 Lost

7 Rage

Coda: Song

The Dear Ones 40

Digging Up the Scythians 42


September Mushrooms 47

Carving the Jacks 49

A Drone Scans the Wreckage 50

Aflame 52

Update on Werewolves 54

Zombie 56

The Aliens Arrive 58

Siren Brooding on Her Eggs 62

Spider Signatures 64

At the Translation Conference 66


Walking in the Madman's Wood 71

Feather 73

Fatal Light Awareness 74

Fear of Birds 75

Short Takes on Wolves 76

Table Settings 78

Improvisation on a First Line by Yeats 79

"Heart of the Arctic" 80

Plasticene Suite 83

1 Rock-like Object on Beach

2 Faint Hopes

3 Foliage

4 Midway Island Albatross

5 Editorial Notes

6 Sorcerer's Apprentice

7 Whales

8 Little Robot

9 The Bright Side

Tracking the Rain 95

Oh Children 97

The Twilight of the Gods 98

This Fiord Looks Like a Lake 100


One Day 103

Sad Utensils 105

Winter Vacations 106

Hayfoot 108

Mr. Lionheart 110

Invisible Man 111

Silver Slippers 112

Within 114

Flatline 115

Disenchanted Corpse 117

Dearly 118

Blackberries 121

Acknowledgements 123

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