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Molly Peacock

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Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet, biographer, memoirist, and New Yorker transplanted to Toronto, her adopted city.

Her latest work of nonfiction is THE PAPER GARDEN: MRS. DELANY BEGINS HER LIFE'S WORK AT 72, a Canadian bestseller and an Economist Book of the Year, published in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Her most recent collection of poems is THE SECOND BLUSH (W.W. Norton). This fall Molly ventures into short fiction with ALPHABETIQUE: 26 CHARACTERISTIC FICTIONS magically illustrated by Kara Kosaka, published by McClelland & Stewart. As a New Yorker, she helped create Poetry in Motion on the subways and buses; in Toronto she founded THE BEST CANADIAN POETRY IN ENGLISH. Molly is married to Michael Groden, a...more


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The Paper Garden: Mrs. Dela...
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Paradise, Piece by Piece
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How to Read a Poem...: and ...
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Cornucopia: New and Selecte...
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The Second Blush: Poems
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Original Love
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Take Heart
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Raw Heaven: Poems
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1984 — 2 editions
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Private I
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An utterly original memoir by a poet who makes candor into an aesthetic approach. I know it's odd to say that such a thinky collage is be a page-turner, but I read this book breathlessly. Zucker approaches her mentors with sheer intelligence and angs...more
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“Is being burnt a requisite for the making of art? Personally, I don't think it is. But art is poultice for a burn. It is a privilege to have, somewhere within you, a capacity for making something speak from your own seared experience.”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72

“But if a role model in her seventies isn't layered with contradictions - as we all come to be - then what good is she? Why bother to cut the silhouette of another's existence and place it against our own if it isn't as incongruous, ambiguous, inconsistent, and paradoxical as our own lives are?”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

“The secret of marriage is thinking that your partner is better than yourself.”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72

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