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  • Published: 20 June 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529113280
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99



A landmark collection from one of contemporary poetry's most highly regarded names

'A source of uncompromising elemental warmth' Ali Smith

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 flux, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.
Dearly is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.


  • Published: 20 June 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529113280
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize.

Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Praise for Dearly

Margaret Atwood has always been a poet; her poetry collections make visible the taproot of the wry wise metaphysic that runs through her fiction and essays, and in a precarious time her new collection, Dearly, is a source of uncompromising elemental warmth

Ali Smith, Observer, *Books of the Year*

Atwood's first poetry collection in over a decade is intimate, lingering delicately between the human and the natural, and this world and the next

New Statesman

Atwood is surely one of our planet's most priceless commodities

Goodreads Choice Awards 2020

She turns her eye to the past, to nature, to fantasy, to current affairs, all with the calm eye of a writer who has nothing to prove

Maria Crawford, Financial Times Books of the Year

This collection of poems is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of wisdom and control . . . You can almost hear her speaking voice, see the twinkle in her eye . . . wonderfully observed


This whole collection stands as a mighty demonstration of how great poetry can embody and celebrate the sheer vibrancy and beauty of life, in the face of the most profound sorrow and terror. Read these poems aloud, read them carefully, read them with joy and tears; savour the raw power of their rhythms and assonances, and the sheer mastery with which Atwood, at the height of her powers, transforms anger and grief into glinting beauty and brilliance. And then ask yourself whether, if humanity survives, any future historian could ever find a richer, more courageous or more truthful account of what it was, and how it felt, to be alive in these times; and give yourself the answer - no, most truly, she could not

Joyce McMillan, Scotsman

She's become world famous for The Handmaid's Tale, and jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize for The Testaments, but Canadian author Margaret Atwood was once better known as a poet . . . this new volume brings together some of her favourite themes, from zombies, werewolves and aliens, to the passage of time and the most pressing political issues of the day

Evening Standard

A poignant yet playful collection of verse, about endings and departures, it is sliced with clever, sharp humour

Daily Telegraph

I finished this collection deeply impressed by Atwood's capacity for powerful, lyric description

Rebecca Tamás

Elegaic yet cautionary, Atwood's first new collection since 2007's The Door revolves around themes of mortality, environmental jeopardy, memory, feminism, and loss . . . Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here

Library Journal

She's one of the few contemporary writers whose poetry and prose receive equal amounts of praise. Dearly, which collects her first new poems in 10 years, covers love and loss, humanity and nature. Also: Zombies. She's keeping us on our toes, as usual

Washington Post

A new volume of poetry by the writer of wit and optimism . . . Just when we needed her most


Atwood, one of the most celebrated, decorated and admired novelists in the world, started out as a poet

Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Poems, Atwood argues, aren't the rhetoric of the immediate; they emerge slowly out of human understanding's glacial melt . . . Here we see Atwood at the height of her poetic powers: her imagery made tangible with sound . . . The more Atwood wields specifics, the more of the world she skewers with her fantastically sharp imagination

Emilia Phillips, New York Times Book Review

Here we see Atwood at the height of her poetic powers

New York Times Book Review