Margaret Atwood’s already incredible career was absolutely on fire ilast year, with The Testaments—the hotly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale— breaking sales records and taking home the Booker Prize. And her 2020 shows no signs of slowing down, with today’s announcement of her upcoming poetry collection, Dearly.
Her first collection of poems since 2007’s The Door, Dearly will distill many of her most famous themes, like perfect, precise descriptions of the natural world—and it’s damaged state—and exploring pressing political issues. And of course, the supernatural and subconscious will make appearances. Werewolves, aliens, mythology, and dreams provide different ways for Atwood to explore not only contemplative themes like ageing, reflection, and endings; but also, how our present-day bodies, minds, and world are in unprecedented transition. In her classic fashion, Atwood deftly moves between playful and wise, while intricately intertwining moving retrospection.
Set to be published by McClelland & Stewart November 10th, 2020, Dearly is sure to delight new and loyal Atwood readers alike. With her unique insights, uncommon empathy, and unexpected humor, Dearly’s poems aren’t so much a departure from her most recent, award-winning novels like The Testaments, and the Oryx and Crake trilogy, as a return to her roots as a poet.