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Dearly
Dearly: New Poems | Margaret Atwood
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In Dearly, Margaret Atwoods 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 Atwoods fictionincluding her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaids Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among othersshe 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.
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vlwelser
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SamAnne Loved this one! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Andrea4
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When your nails match your book 😍

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
Gissy Yes! Love that color💛💛💛👌 6mo
Andrea4 @Gissy thanks, me too! Haven't done yellow before but seemed quite seasonal-it's called Corn butter! 6mo
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merelybookish
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Day 16 #thesealeychallenge

Internet is off at work so catching up on some poetry.

SamAnne Loved this one. 7mo
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literarymermaid
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There were parts that hit me and parts that didn't quite land but an overall beautiful collection.

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Melismatic
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Panpan

I‘ll be honest, this did nothing for me.

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KimM
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This was the first book of poetry by Margaret Atwood I've read. The style that I enjoy in her novels is mirrored in her poetry. As a writer, she's ultimate wordsmith, conveying intense emotion in beautiful prose combined with a grittiness that, at first, takes you off guard ,but later, makes perfect sense. Dearly is a collection of poems centered around death, dying and grieving.

#NetGalley #Echo #Dearly

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DoonTheGoon
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A must-read. Filled with eloquence, emotion, and power. If nothing else, read the very last piece, "Blackberries". Poems like these are blessings. ♡

(Life update in the comments!)

DoonTheGoon Hello friends! Long time no see! I'm doing well - busy - but happy!!! I still don't have as much time for reading as I wish I did - but so it goes. I'm still hustling as a freelancer to make ends meet, which doesnt accommodate much time for books - but I'm growing my small business and finding success. I'm also engaged to the love of my life!!! ♡ Hope all of you are doing well - I'll try and check-in more often! Happy Holidays my Litsy Friends! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence So glad to hear that things are going well! Wishing you a new year with continued success and slightly more bookish time. 😋 2y
Nute So good to hear from you. And a post filled with lots of wonderful good news. Congratulations on everything! May the coming year bring more happiness and more success!💕 2y
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/ZcCr264YCok

Enjoy!

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OriginalCyn620
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A great book of poetry! Atwood touches on some hard subjects, including aging, loss, and environmental issues. My favorite in the collection is the title poem, Dearly.

#bookspinbingo

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Leftcoastzen
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What a wonderful book of poetry! Atwood seems to be tackling things that are on her mind in this volume.It‘s easier to say she‘s a wise woman, based on age & experience, but honestly when she was younger and I was younger I read her early books ,I tend to believe she has always been wise! Highly recommended!

SamAnne Loved this collection. It felt very personal. 3y
Leftcoastzen @SamAnne yes , I think so too.I love that she still writes poetry.It‘s definitely a different skill set than writing novels , she does both so well. 3y
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Lcsmcat
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Poems that explore words we don‘t use much anymore (dearly, refit) and what aging feels like, both of yourself and a loved one. Yet filled with many funny-enough-to-force-on-my-husband moments. I love these poems and will revisit them often. I‘m not sure if a younger person (a younger me?) would get as much from them, but I love them.

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SamAnne
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Five stars. Poems about environmenta destruction, personal loss, the natural world and some with humor. Some poems I will regularly reread.

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Lcsmcat
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We went to Chapel Hill for my husband‘s second shot, and visited 2 indie bookstores- Epilogue and Flyleaf Books. And they gave me a mystery mystery book.

AmyG Nice!!! 3y
Tamra Fun! 3y
Come-read-with-me Lucky you!! 3y
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Lcsmcat @AmyG @Tamra @Come-read-with-me It was the first time I‘ve been in a bookstore for over a year, and it was hard to restrain myself! 3y
Come-read-with-me I haven‘t been to one since Feb 2020 and can hardly wait to go back! 3y
Tamra @Lcsmcat you deserve a moment of unrestraint! 3y
Ruthiella Let us know what the mystery book is when you get to it! 😀 3y
Lcsmcat @Ruthiella I unveiled it in my next post - 3y
Ruthiella @Lcsmcat Thanks! I missed that.😅 3y
Lcsmcat @Ruthiella Easy to do, when other posts can interrupt. 😀 3y
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me We‘re easing our way out of seclusion now that we‘re both vaccinated. It‘s an odd feeling. Not quite back to normal; not quite quarantined. 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I was at Epilogue but forgot about FlyLeaf. I went to Quail Ridge, Golden Fig and Page158 3y
Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m not familiar with the last two. Are they in Durham? 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Lcsmcat Golden Fig Books is in Durham. Page158 is in Wake Forest. 3y
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kwmg40
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There is a wide variety of subjects covered in this poetry collection -- aging, loss, environmental issues, everyday matters and wildly fantastical subjects.

My favourite poems are “Songs for Murdered Sisters“, a devastatingly poignant tribute to victims of domestic violence, and the hilarious “The Aliens Arrive“, a poem about late-night horror and sci-fi films.

Third book done for #AwesomeApril and #ShutdownRound3!
@Andrew65 @DieAReader

DieAReader 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
SamAnne Reading now. I also love Cicadas and the slug sex poem. 3y
kwmg40 @DieAReader Thank you! I can use the encouragement now that we're in for another 6 weeks of shutdown in Ontario.

@SamAnne I liked those poems too. I'm often surprised by Atwood's versatility, in all her writing and not just this collection.
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DieAReader @kwmg40 🥰 Stay safe & we‘ll read through this together♥️📚 3y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3y
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kwmg40
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Atwood had composed the 8-part poem “Songs for Murdered Sisters“ as song lyrics for a project initiated by musician Joshua Hopkins. This is Hopkins's tribute to his murdered sister (whom one of my close friends knew) and other victims of domestic violence.

I've not had the chance to listen to Jake Heggie's musical composition or see the associated film yet, but Atwood's lyrics are incredibly poignant.

#PoetryMatters

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SamAnne
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Love Margaret Atwood. Love this collection. Both Poignant and funny at different turns! And yes slugs have sex with their heads and one chews the others penis off. And they are hermaphrodites and switch up their sex! #poetrymatters

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HeathHof
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I loved this collection of poems. Initially I wanted to sit down and read it straight through but forced myself to stick to only a couple poems a day to better digest and reflect on them. Good stuff!💙 Thanks again @Q84 for sending this, I so enjoyed it!

SamAnne I‘m currently reading this, about 4-6 poems a day, how I like reading a collections. And it has some brilliant, beautiful poems in it. 3y
HeathHof @SamAnne agreed! 3y
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Lauredhel
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Today's library haul is all about the poetry : a First Nations anthology edited by Alison Whittaker, and an Atwood collection.

On my hook : Fjell Cardigan in Malabrigo Sock and Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury.

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Kalalalatja
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I‘m pretty sure this is a case of “it‘s me, not you”. I just couldn‘t keep my attention to the poems, and I‘m not sure audio is the right media for me to read poetry.

#PoetryOrWrittenInVerse #Booked2021

Cinfhen Yeah, I listened to a different collection and it just didn‘t move me at all. A few poems were powerful but nothing memorable. 3y
SamAnne I need to see the words on the page. Unless it‘s Amanda Gorman at the Inauguration!!!!! This is on my TBR for next month. 3y
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Beautiful collection of poetry that is probably my favorite Atwood collection. Although I didn't love every single poem, so many of these brought out emotions that it's definitely a pick.

The range of Atwood's writing will always leave me in awe. 💙💙

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Poetry collections are hard to rate. Not every poem is going to work on everyone or in every moment. But there were enough here that stopped my mind, stole my breath, and wrenched my heart.

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I was an English Major in college and have decided to go back to my roots and add more poetry back into my reading this year. I‘m 40 pages into this collection, and I have already laughed, cried, and swooned a little. I didn‘t know I missed poetry.

SamAnne Ack. I have lost this book somewhere in my house and I desperately want to read it. 3y
Copwithabook @SamAnne oh no! I don‘t think you can blame the dryer for this one like we blame it for missing socks 😂 3y
HeathHof I'm not too far in but loving it! Coconut is my favorite so far, I'm sure I will have lots of favorites by the end though. 3y
Copwithabook @Mynameisacolour I think Cicadas is my favorite so far 3y
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HeathHof
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I absolutely love the #BookCupidSwap package that I recieved! I don't know what lovely Litten to thank but I so appreciate everything that you sent! 💌💖💓
Happy Valentine's Day everyone and thank you @candority for hosting another fantastic swap!!💕

candority @Q84 sent it to you! 💕 I loved Dearly! I hope you enjoy it too! Happy Valentine‘s Day 💘💘💘 (edited) 3y
HeathHof Thank you so much! @Q84 💖 3y
Q84 You're very welcome. I hope you enjoy 3y
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CortexVortex
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Everyone feels a poem differently. A poem that makes my eyes teary can make someone else yawn. Hence, what worked for me might not work for you. For me, this collection had a bunch of poems that evoked powerful emotions. Some were okay. Overall, I thought many of her poems were beautiful. Needless to say, I loved the Plasticene section.

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NovelNancyM
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I am not usually a fan of poetry (unless it's a YA novel in verse), but was given this book as a gift and I adored it. Atwood's diction, play on words and phrasing lift the meaning right off the page and into one's heart. I so enjoyed reading this and plan to keep a book of poetry in my TBR pile from now on.

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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I think I was expecting more, this being the GoodReads Choice Award winner and all.

Touching on a wide variety of subjects in all kinds of styles, sounds and ideas made this a really interesting read.

But my expectation was just a bit to high for what I got.

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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4h10m...
Not a bad start for the #20in4 #readathon

Finished Educated
Six of Crows - 70%
Dearly - 75%
Brief Lives - 15%

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant start 👏👏👏 3y
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Q84
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐ I listened to this on audio but I really didn't care for it.

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Christine
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I too often forget how impactful it is to hear poets read their poems. (Amanda Gorman was of course the best-ever reminder!) I love all things Atwood and loved this, too.

“Blackberries” was a favorite, about an old woman picking them:

“Once, this old woman
I‘m conjuring up for you
would have been my grandmother.
Today it‘s me.
Years from now it might be you,
if you‘re quite lucky.”

Pruzy I don‘t normally read poetry, but I do read a LOT of Atwood. I‘m honestly considering getting this now! 3y
Christine @Pruzy Oh good! Hope you love it, if you get it! :) 3y
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LatrelWhite
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‼️SALE‼️

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JennyM
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In this collection of poetry, Atwood focus her attention on love, life, nature, and the passage of time... with a few zombies chucked in the mix 🧟‍♀️ 🍃

I think it‘s a collection to immerse yourself in rather than dipping in and out. I also felt listening to the poems in Atwood‘s voice added to the experience.

#Booked2021 #PoetryOrWrittenInVerse

Hooked_on_books That cover is gorgeous! Much better than the US cover. 3y
Kalalalatja Good idea for the prompt! 3y
JennyM @Hooked_on_books it is really pretty & it suits the collection too 3y
JennyM @Kalalalatja I stumbled across it while looking for a new audiobook. I don‘t read much poetry so was quite pleased to find it 👍 (edited) 3y
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Bookalong
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In Dearly Atwood shines with a keen sense of the weight of life's late offerings. These poems are stirring and emitt darkness, at their core they are heavy with death, dying, loss, sex, sorrow and brutality. Be it people, otherworldly creatures, organisms, the earth or time Atwood leaves us with a haunting, eerie, beautiful and vivid picture. Fvorites:Late Poems, Souvenirs, Betrayal, Carving The Jacks, Table Settings, Dearly. #bookreview #canlit

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emtobiasz
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Just lovely. I particularly liked the last section, about love and loss.

Aida_Nam Can't wait to read this book 3y
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Aaronlisa
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I read this between Dec 19 & 27 and I gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I enjoyed this collection of poems that covered themes like aging, environmentalism, and absence. I enjoyed the poems that dealt with aging the most.

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WellReadCatLady
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Great collection! Especially liked the poem about cicadas!

SamAnne I loved the Cicada poem. 3y
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Lindy
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These are my favourite works of poetry from 2020. #bestof2020

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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

Some of the poems I highly recommend, especially the political and feminist ones. But there are many text that are just not tangible enough for me. So it's a 50-50.

The audio book is read by Atwood herself, and I have to admit, her voice really fits her texts.

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KathyWheeler
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Tonight was a poetry night for me. While I enjoyed both books, there‘s really no comparing Kaur to Atwood. It‘s probably not fair to even try. Atwood‘s writing is accomplished and lovely; Kaur‘s is merely good. I would recommend both books, however.

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Rehesina
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Easily one of the best things I‘ve read all year!

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candority
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I keep forgetting to post my November wrap-up! Only 5 days late at this point 😂
I read 16 books in November (9 eBooks, 4 audiobooks, 3 physical books). I wasn't a fan of the bottom four, but the rest were good!

Suet624 Wilson and Farrow ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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candority
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Dearly is a pretty fantastic poetry collection. I‘ll admit that I skimmed through a few poems in the middle, but the last two sections were packed with heavy hitters. I especially loved the poems about climate change! My overall favourites (in the order they appear) are: Songs for Murdered Sisters, Fatal Light Awareness, Plasticene Suite, Oh Children, Invisible Man, Flatline, Dearly, and Blackberries. A new favourite poetry collection! 4.5 ⭐

SamAnne I have this on hold at the library but I‘m thinking of just buying it! 3y
candority @SamAnne If your wait is going to be super long, I think it would be worth it to buy! 3y
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KendallHershey
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I adore Margaret Atwood. Her new book of #poetry is a combination of gentle musings and sharp observation. Which is use to describe most of her writings. #poetrymatters

nathandrake1997 THE HANDMAID'S TALE is one of my all-time favourite books 😄 3y
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DoonTheGoon
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Wildly excited to read this. I heard Atwood herself reading some selections on NPR, and was moved to tears.

DoonTheGoon @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you!!! It's my favorite! ^_^ 3y
SamAnne Just put this on reserve at the library. But I bet I end up buying it! 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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These poems are blunt and beautiful, often heartbreaking and always thought-provoking. If I had to pick favorites, which isn‘t easy with this exquisite book, I would say the ones I loved the most were: Ghost Cat, The Tin Woodwoman Gets a Massage, and Blackberries. I had to read those particular poems more than once because they were so impactful.

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Lindy
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Shine on, orange messengers!
Repel the darkness,
tell Death: No rush.
At least there‘s some kind of brightness.

From: Carving the Jacks

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Lindy
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Through the night they nudged,
unfurling like moist fans, living sponges,
like radar dishes, listening.

From: September Mushrooms

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WanderingBookaneer
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Margaret Atwood during my hammock time.

I was transported and, in what felt like the blink of an eye, read the whole thing in one sitting. I usually take my time with #poetry , savoring every line, but Atwood‘s words mesmerized me.

Kimberlone Enjoy hammock time! 14 degrees F in my neck of the woods :( 3y
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WellReadCatLady
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Can‘t wait to read this collection after hearing some of the poems read by the author herself!

readordierachel ❤ her and those glasses 3y
WellReadCatLady @readordierachel right! So fierce! 3y
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Lindy
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Delivery from my local independent bookshop. (I got tired of waiting for library holds on these.)

abookishbutterfly Your Dearly cover looks so different than mine! I like it! (I like my cover, too, just to clarify). 🙂 3y
Lindy @Butterflyamore This is the Canadian cover. Interesting that they‘ve chosen New Zealand birds for the dust jacket. 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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I hadn‘t planned to start this right away and then I accidentally did. 🤷‍♀️ Every poem so far has been exquisite and I‘m willing to make the premature prediction that this will be a five star read.

What are you currently reading?

DimeryRene Gorgeous photo 💖💖 3y
Cazxxx I‘m dying to read this soon! 3y
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