Morning in the Burned House

Morning in the Burned House


These beautifully crafted poems - by turns dark, playful, intensely moving, tender, and intimate - make up Margaret Atwood's most accomplished and versatile gathering to date, " setting foot on the middle ground between body and word."

Our Review

I cannot express how much I love Atwood’s writing style and this was no different despite me not being a fan of poetry in general. 
One of my favourite poems in this collection was Sad Child, in particular the first stanza. 

“You’re sad because you’re sad. 
It’s psychic. It’s the age. It’s chemical.
Go see a shrink or take a pill,
Or hug your sadness like an eyeless doll
You need to sleep.”

Another favourite of mine within the collection was Romantic, a poem about gender stereotypes, a topic at which Atwood certainly can be said to excel. Marsh Language and Half-Hanged Mary were also stand out poems for me in this collection. 

This collection deals with a variety of themes, including ageing and loss, with Atwood’s usual lyrical style and wit.

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