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Sound Barrier

Authors: Maura Dooley

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852245788

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Maura Dooley's poetry is remarkable for embracing both lyricism and political consciousness, for its fusion of head and heart.

Helen Dunmore (in Poetry Review) admired her "sharp and forceful" intelligence. Adam Thorpe praised her ability "to enact and find images for complex feelingsÖ Her poems have both great delicacy and an undeniable toughnessÖ she manages to combine detailed domesticity with lyrical beauty, most perfectly in the metaphor of memory." (Literary Review).

"Her poems are themselves acts of displacement, turning around some event or emotion that cannot be fully named or knownÖ an imagination which proliferates mysteries."
Jon Cook, Independent on Sunday

"Kissing a Bone, her second collection, adds a shrewd historicising sense to the lyric tenderness which glowed in her first book. It takes us across borders ñ literal, emotional and figurative ñ into states of mind which are entirely her own, yet instantly recognisable by all us."
Andrew Motion
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