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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 Gethsemane Day brings together her last and hitherto unpublished poems, which celebrate survival with all the anarchic zest, mordancy and lyric drive of Hare Soup, while confronting individual illness and death with moving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.
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.'
'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.'
'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.'
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