Before Margaret Atwood became one of the world’s most important and beloved novelists, she was an award-winning poet. We’re delighted to announce that this November we will be publishing The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments author’s sixteenth poetry collection, Dearly – her first in over a decade.
From perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, pressing political issues to myth and legend, Dearly brings together many of Atwood’s recognisable and celebrated themes. By turns moving, playful and wise, these poems are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens, aliens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.
For Atwood fans and poetry buffs alike, the book rings with Atwood’s characteristic curiosity and energy. It is a collection of poems destined be pored over at length for many years to come.
Keep your eyes peeled for a cover reveal, as well as the paperback edition of 2019’s number-one global bestseller and Booker Prize-winner, The Testaments, in coming months.