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Gethsemane Day

Dorothy Molloy

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Hare Soup, Dorothy Molloy’s first collection of poems, was published by Faber in 2004, just weeks after the poet’s untimely death. Gethsemane Day brings together her last and hitherto unpublished poems, which celebrate survival with all the anarchic zest, mordancy and lyric drive of Hare Soup, while confronting individual illness and death with moving lucidity.

Critic Reviews

From reviews of Hare Soup:

' . . . rich, strange and disconcerting. Her style ranges from the deceptively colloquial to the elaborately baroque; her settings from her native Ireland to France, the Mediterranean, and to altogether more disturbing countries of the mind.'

Jane Griffiths, TLS
Critic Reviews

'Just occasionally, a new collection of poetry appears that makes you recalibrate your scale of judgement, makes you realise that what you had counted as good was merely mediocre. Such a work is Hare Soup by Dorothy Molloy.'

Adam Newey, New Statesman
Critic Reviews

'Arriving at the same moment as the shocking news of the poet's death, this book has the impact of an Atlantic wave, a sense of piled and travelled force behind it [. . .] Hare Soup offers a tantalising view of her ability and range as a poet, a splendid first collection, which should not be also her last.'

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Irish Times

Dorothy Molloy was born in Ballina, County Mayo, and grew up in County Dublin. She studied languages at University College Dublin, before going to Barcelona where she worked as a historical researcher and painter. She lived in County Dublin with her husband, and died in 2004.

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