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Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Bone Dream by Moira MacDougall

By Tightrope Books | November 17th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome back for another installment of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give readers a brief look into one of our new or forthcoming titles. This week’s teaser comes from
Bone Dream, a collection of poetry by Moira MacDougall.

This is poetry that maps a woman’s body as a partner to her life experience.

The poems in Bone Dream are darkly sensuous, capturing the unspoken moments of life through images firmly grounded in the body and the material world. Relationships, family and death are explored at times through the medium of a dancer’s body, and at other times through the everyday artefacts we find around us. These poems move, disturb and bring us to realization.

Order Bone Dream online at http://tightropebooks.com/order-online/ or find it at your favourite bookstore.

Please enjoy “Hope” by Moira MacDougall.


Hope was the vanished skin of the study door
that closed on Saturday nights as dad rehearsed
his Sunday sermon. I curled into her sturdy grain
fingertips absorbing the reverberations of his voice:
draped in his long black robe, arms beating
like a crow spotting road kill, words splattering:
resurrection, redemption, predestination, renunciation.
What they meant I didn’t know but 300 people would sit
quiet as gulls on the beach, faces held by the wind, tuned
to the soar and sharp pitch of his voice . . . . Watching
his spit fall on the page I hoped he’d pause to hear
my small recitation of his incantations, that he might
love me as much as he loved his god.

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