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In her new collection, Toward, poet Moira Linehan makes us believe that landscape is destiny. As the book unfolds, we come to inhabit the land- and sea-scapes of the wild southwest of Ireland, the islands of America's Pacific Northwest, the poet's home in Massachusetts; and then round again, back to the land north of Dublin. The poet's eye and imagination capture lyrical, ...more
Paperback, 57 pages
Published July 24th 2020 by Slant
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Toward is a sonically breathtaking book. Linehan uses to great advantage the weather that is all around her—sea foam and rain, mud and mist—putting these images to work in poems that force the reader to consider the contrast between “the eternally-seething sea” and breezes that “beat so wildly I can’t even think” and the lowly human who bears humble witness to their destructive yet life-giving power. With a painterly eye and exactitude, Linehan’s speaker walks the fine line between “isolation / ...more