Maura Dooley

Life Under Water

Maura Dooley

Publication Date : 25 Sep 2008

ISBN: 9781852248178

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize

Maura Dooley’s poetry is remarkable for embracing both lyricism and political consciousness, for its fusion of head and heart. These qualities have won her wide acclaim. Helen Dunmore (in Poetry Review) admired her ‘sharp and forceful’ intelligence. Adam Thorpe praised her ability ‘to enact and find images for complex feelings…Her poems have both great delicacy and an undeniable toughness…she manages to combine detailed domesticity with lyrical beauty, most perfectly in the metaphor of memory ’ (Literary Review).

These new poems take in the physical landscape, family and friendship, as well as the transience of both folklore and politics. In part an attempt to speak of what is submerged, they welcome that ‘splash of cold water to the face’ that tells us we’re alive.

‘A world subtly rippled and distorted, in which everyday objects are “made strange” and nothing, when you reach in a hand, is quite where you expected it to be.’ – Sarah Crown, Guardian

Kissing a Bone, her second collection, adds a shrewd historicising sense to the lyric tenderness which glowed in her first book. It takes us across borders – literal, emotional and figurative – into states of mind which are entirely her own, yet instantly recognisable by all us us.’ – Andrew Motion

Sound Barrier…demonstrates beautifully the strength of this deceptively delicate, often very tender poet: how she marries spare lyrical cadences with political scepticism, packing a whole gamut of wit and sharp observation into very little space.’ – Ruth Padel, Financial Times


Maura Dooley reads two poems

Maura Dooley reads two poems, 'What Every Woman Should Carry' from Sound Barrier (Bloodaxe Books, 2002) and 'The Elevator' from Life Under Water (Bloodaxe Books, 2008). This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley, which includes seven poems read by Maura Dooley.



BOOKS BY Maura Dooley

Sound Barrier

Maura Dooley

Sound Barrier

Poems 1982-2002

Publication Date : 25 Apr 2002
The Honey Gatherers

Maura Dooley

The Honey Gatherers

A Book of Love Poems

Publication Date : 14 Feb 2003
The Silvering

Maura Dooley

The Silvering

Publication Date : 24 Mar 2016
Negative of a Group Photograph

Azita Ghahreman

Negative of a Group Photograph

نگاتیو یک عکس دسته جمعی

Publication Date : 25 Oct 2018



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