Life Under Water by Maura Dooley
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Life Under Water
By Maura Dooley

Life Under Water

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Life Under Water by Maura Dooley

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize 2008.

Book Description

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 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781852248178
ISBN-10: 1852248173
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 6mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Maura Dooley

Silvering by Maura Dooley Silvering, Paperback (March 2016)

Dooley's first new collection since her Eliot-shortlisted Life Under Water (2008). Poems on looking in, looking out, looking through, on shifting light and what it reveals, reflects or conceals - and what remains.

Honey Gatherers by Maura Dooley Honey Gatherers, Paperback (January 2003)

Aims to describe the search, the sweetness, the sting and the death of love. This anthology's title is taken from a phrase in Michael Ondaatje's "The Cinnamon Peeler", a poem which describes the need to be marked and marked out, by love.

Sound Barrier by Maura Dooley Sound Barrier, Paperback (April 2002)

Presents a comprehensive selection of poetry, including work for explaining magnetism and kissing a bone.

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Author Biography - Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley was born in Truro, grew up in Bristol, and after working for some years in Yorkshire now lives in London. She is a freelance writer and lectures at Goldsmiths' College. She edited Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets (1997) and The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems (2002) for Bloodaxe, and How Novelists Work (2000) for Seren. Life Under Water (Bloodaxe Books, 2008) is her first new collection since Sound Barrier: Poems 1982-2002 (Bloodaxe Books, 2002), which drew on collections including Explaining Magnetism (1991) and Kissing a Bone (1996), both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Like Kissing a Bone, Life Under Water is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

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