The Goose Tree
The Goose Tree
'Moyra Donaldson’s poetry has grown to ignite unexpected perceptions and magnify them. Betrayals, personal and political; excavations, historical and psychic; correspondences of temperament and object; innocences pristine and varied and very much in power. The Goose Tree shows a poet treading on her own footprints; the considerable themes of her career advanced in perspective and colour and with the happy skills of a poet both accomplished and mature but alert still to surprise, both in form and substance: like her ‘village women who waited/In their beds for the sound of wings’. A joyous collection.' —Damian Smyth
Praise for The Goose Tree
"In The Goose Tree, we find a poet stripping away the forestry of imagination to display an open, honest stocktaking of a life that yet still believes in magic 'running its course, ordinary through the marrow of your life'." —culturenorthernireland.org
"Moyra Donaldson has assimilated the powerful influences of Yeats, Hewitt, Hughes, Longley and Heaney, together with Plath and Liz Lochhead, to present a hard-won distinctive self." —Medbh McGuckian
"The Goose Tree is a gem of a book, lit with beautiful writing and the sure authority of a writer's writer. The Donaldson reader is in for a treat, be they a new reader or a fan already." —Christine Murray
"The Goose Tree, by Moyra Donaldson, combines the recollection of life experiences with a celebration of nature, both infused with a wonderful sense of Heaneyesque seeing things.'—Poetry Salzburg Review
About the Author
Moyra Donaldson was born and brought up in County Down. She has published five previous collections, including a Selected Poems in 2013. Her poetry has won a number of awards, including the Allingham Award, the National Women’s Poetry Competition and the Cuirt New Writing Award. She has received four awards from the Arts Council NI, most recently, the Artist Career Enhancement Award. Her poems have been anthologised and have featured on BBC Radio and television, including the Channel 4 production, Poems to Fall in Love With. Having read at various literary festivals in Ireland, England, Canada, America and Hungary, Moyra is also an experienced creative writing tutor, working with individuals and groups in the literary, community and health care sectors. She has edited a number of anthologies and was literary editor for Fortnight magazine.
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