Miracle Fruit (hardback)
About the book…
Hyper-realistic eighteenth century light, falling especially to make a point, illuminate a profile; light that insistently contradicts the darkness, ranging emotions set out in faces, witnesses to the birth of science, that precocious, cruel, self regarding child with the expendable dying bird, white cockatoo, exotic marker of discovery; suffocating, forewarning. from An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump.
Building upon the achievements of her previous collection, The Horse's Nest, Miracle Fruit sees Moyra Donaldson re-engaging with lives lived on the margin and, once again, returning to the Enlightenment to investigate constructs of modern femininity. Whether channelling the voice of Mary Patterson, one of Burke & Hare's cadavers, the co-joined Violet Hilton reflecting upon her strange and celebrated life or writing about Gizel Steevans of Dublin, the Pig-faced woman, Donaldson's poems show a remarkable empathy and compassion for her subjects.
Ambituous in its scope, and speaking with a rare authority, the poems of Miracle Fruit are compelling, insightful and profoundly moving.