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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  6,067 ratings  ·  1,086 reviews
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
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Ecco
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Emily May
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, poetry
You could get waylaid here, or slip amazed
into your tangled head. You could
just not come back.

Most good poetry, in my opinion, is a little bit open to interpretation, but one thing is quite clear with this one: the 80-year-old Atwood had death on her mind when she put together this collection.

If that sounds morbid and depressing-- it is. While I enjoyed this book of poems very much, I felt disquieted reading them. I did not cry, but I felt almost constantly like I might. Most, if not all of
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Happy National Poetry Month! I'm going to boost a few poetry favorites all month so we can all celebrate!

The world’s burning up. It always did.

The late poems are the ones / I turn to first now, wrote poet W.S. Merwin, ‘it is the late poems / that are made of words / that have come the whole way.’ Margaret Atwood’s 2020 collection of poetry, Dearly, is a really beautiful collection that is keenly aware of itself as her ‘late poems’. The opening poem, in fact, is titled ‘Late Poems’, which appe
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The Written Review

This was among the two poetry books I read this year and I did like it more than the other.


I'm not a good poetry reader. I just don't get it and poetry always feels like more effort than what it's worth.

That being said...there were a few poems I enjoyed. Like the supernatural ones.

But was an okay book for me.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poems on climate change, aging, memory, loss of loved ones, being a women in the world, the arctic and quite a lot of birds. And typical Atwood wit
Don’t think this is morbid.
It’s just reality.

In the introduction Margaret Atwood mentions her method of writing poems, keeping scribbles of paper in drawers and revisiting them later.
She tells of her early poems in her typical witty manner:
These poems had many subjects: peonies, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, winter, severed heads. The usual.

Glenn Sumi
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
This is Margaret Atwood's first poetry collection in over a decade, and there's something soothing about reading her beautifully precise words during a pandemic, when we all seem stuck in a perpetual, uncertain present.

Atwood's fiction has always been infused with poetry – she clearly loves words and wordplay. But it's relaxing not to be tied to a plot and narrative. Here, she can take on a subject – examining a lifetime of accumulated passports, for instance, or viewing mushrooms in September –
Emily B
I liked the themes of this poetry collection, particularly those about the environment as they felt relevant and important.

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if I read it rather than listened to the audiobook. Although it was nice to hear Atwoods voice and I usually love audiobooks to be narrated by the author. I struggled to connect with her poems and voice. It seems rather monotone
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
⭐ 3.75 / 5 ⭐

Altogether, an eerie, beautiful, and haunting collection of poems and prose from one of the world's most iconic writers.

The hand on your shoulder. The almost-hand: Poetry, coming to claim you.

What am I supposed to say? I mean, c’mon, it’s Margaret Atwood. She’s a literary icon. While some of the poems weren’t to my taste - let’s be honest: it was great writing, but some of those poems were the weirdest things I’ve ever read 😂 One of them is called “Double-Entry Slug Sex”.


Julie Ehlers
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
... The lovers caught
and sealed inside a cavern,
voices raised in one last hovering
duet, until the small wax light
goes out. Well anyway
I held your hand and maybe
you held mine
as the stone or universe closed in
around you.
Though not me. I'm still outside.

I've read Margaret Atwood's poetry only in bits and pieces before this collection, and besides The Testaments, I realize the most recent novel of hers I've read is Oryx and Crake, from 2003, so Dearly was a good way to catch up on some of the holes
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Dearly is a collection of thought-provoking and unique poems by Margaret Atwood. While the poems are of divers topics, they read like memories from long-gone days.

If you were a song
What song would you be?
Would you be the voice that sings,
Would you be the music?
When i am singing this song for you
You are not empty air
You are here,
One breath and then another:
You are here with me...
Dannii Elle
I was highly impressed with this collection of Atwood's poetic creations. I have long been a fan of her novels, short story anthologies, and the woman herself, and am so glad I found as much to praise, here.

This collection was split into five sections and each had a distinct theme that tied its contents together. My personal favourite was, I believe, the third section, which focused on spreading the author's feminist ideologies, as well as the penultimate section, which focused on the human dest
Sean Barrs
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Atwood should really stick to prose. She's no poet. ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mirages, you decide:
everything was never.
Though over your shoulder there it is,
your time laid out like a picnic
in the sun, still glowing,
although it's night.
Don't look behind they say:
You'll turn to salt.
Why not though? Why not look?
Isn't it glittery?
Isn't it pretty, back there?


I'm always there for a reason,
so the dreamers tell me;
I wouldn't know.
This is what I've brought back for you
from the dreamlife, from the alien
moon shore, from the place with no


If there were no emptiness, ther
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 💙

Of the novels I've read from Margaret Atwood, I've always been compelled by her writing. However, I'm not a natural lover of poetry. I'm quite a logical thinker, and the free form of poetry and the often dreamy way it's presented never usually appeal. Unfortunately, I still think I'm not a poetry fan after reading this.

Yes, Atwood still possesses an amazing skill for writing, with a creative mind I'm an awe of. The poems within fill a whole range o
How quickly we're skimming through time,
leaving behind us
a trail of muffin crumbs
and wet towels and hotel soaps
like white stones in the forest.
But something's eroded them:
we can't trace them back
to that meadow where we began so eagerly
with the berry-filled cups, and the parents
who had not yet abandoned us
to take their chances in the ground.

(from "winter vacations")

even after years of trying, i still struggle to fully absorb traditional poetry; but it's an enjoyable struggle. i have to say i
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Dearly is a powerful, heartbreaking, and incredibly poignant collection of poems from Margaret Atwood. Although it was powerful enough to bring me nearly to tears, it was also incredibly uneven, and overall a very mixed experience. In 2019, Atwood's partner of forty-six years, novelist Graeme Gibson, passed away. The book is dedicated to him, and the poems toward the very end of the collection are clearly tributes to and references to him. The title story even seems to speak to him dire
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I get that poetry is subjective but also I haven't been in the mood to read so I didn't enjoy this like I thought I would sadly. ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this quirky collection of poetry by Margaret Atwood. Carefully crafted with each word forming beautiful thoughts and musings, love and cruelty of nature, and simply whimsical and fascinating! I enjoyed this and will be re- reading this time and time again.

Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That room has been static for me so long:
an emptiness a void a silence
containing an unheard story
ready for me to unlock.

Let there be plot.

Review to follow.
Medhat The Book Fanatic
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the very first collection of poetry that I read on my own, since poetry is not a genre that I gravitated towards or even enjoyed, but the name Margaret Atwood was enough to let me take a leap of faith.

Margaret Atwood's writing is entrancing. She can write about anything, and I will still read it and feel embraced by her words.

In Dearly: New Poems, she dives and explores a variety of topics, and the ones that touched me the most were those that were about aging, memory, loss, climate chan
Irmak ☾
May 06, 2021 rated it liked it
“all those slow-fused epics
packed in anthracite, then buried
under granite mountains, or else thrown
into the deepest sea like djinns
in stoneware bottles—

All, all are coming true
because we opened the lead seals,
ignored the warning runes,
and let the stories out.

We had to know.

We had to know
how such tales really end:
and why.

They end in flames
because that’s what we want:
we want them to.”

My first Margaret Atwood and I enjoyed it.

Some poems felt like random sentences put together, so they weren't re
Dearly is a treasure trove, twice the length of the average poetry collection and rich with themes of memory, women’s rights, environmental crisis, and bereavement. It is reflective and playful, melancholy and hopeful. I can highly recommend it, even to non-poetry readers, because it is led by its themes; although there are layers to explore, these poems are generally about what they say they’re about, and more material than abstract. Alliteration, repetition, internal and slant rhymes, and neol ...more
Over the years I have enjoyed reading novels and stories written by Margaret Atwood and listening to her being interviewed numerous times. Although she has released many poetry books, DEARLY is Margaret Atwood's first collection of poetry that I have read and the first she has published in over a decade.

"By turns moving, playful, and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in tr
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Well I read the first poem and I was so excited and I thought this will be a 5 stars reading but as I passed the pages I didn’t felt that impressed and you know, a good book but not too good either? Some poems definitely are amazing but the most of them not so much.
Kasa Cotugno
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-poetry, arc
Many of the poems contained in this volume have been previously published in journals and anthologies, proving that Margaret Atwood, in addition to her other literary strengths, has been recognized for her poetry. In addition to these, there have been several books of poetry since early in her career. Like many, these poems present personal insight, focusing on inner life as well as ruminations on the cruelty and beauty of nature. Lovely.
Alicia Bayer
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This new poetry anthology by the legendary Margaret Atwood is divided into sections and there were some sections that I really liked more than others. To be honest, there were times when I slogged through chapters and kept going only because I had an ARC to review and because it's Atwood. Towards the end of the book, there were poems that I really loved, though. The chapters aren't titled, but one of the later chapters deals with the environment and "Oh Children" was a really wonderful and heart ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*chefs kiss* perfection

please please please please go read/listen to "Songs for Murdered Sisters" by Atwood, it is the most beautiful thing I have read in my LIFE
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, audiobooks
I have such high standards when it comes to poetry that before I read these poems written by one of my favorite authors, I made a list of themes I expected to find:

1. Coconuts
2. Double entry slug sex
3. Disenchanted corpses
4. Alien sex
5. Drones
6. Passports
7. Doll-faces robots
8. Sorcery
9. Thin wood woman getting a massage
10. Boring love

After reading this incredibly bizarre poetry collection, I can safely say that I got most of what I expected; I believe 9 out of 10 is a great number and it is refl
Jane Glossil
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Odd curiosities. Concerns on mortality.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Many years ago when I was in college, I enjoyed reading poetry but in the years since, I've read very little poetry. This book has changed my mind. I loved it. Like with any collection, some poems were just ok but the majority of these were fantastic and I really enjoyed reading them. Most of the poems are short and Atwood has chosen every word carefully to help not only the cadence of the poem but more importantly the underlying theme. Some of the poems made me smile and some of them made me cr ...more
Michelle Curie
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Ah, to grow old. What must it be like to know that most of your life lies in the past? I'm too young to know, but then feelings of loss, death and finality are universal, after all.

In this collection of poems, Margaret Atwood gives voice to a lot of introspective pondering. There was sadness in her tone at all times and a lot of these were particularly hard-hitting knowing that she, a woman in her eighties, probably has a different way of looking at life and living than I do in my twenties. The
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr

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