A firm-formed poetic maturity and understanding of what poetry is, or should strive to be. She tackles everyday topics and ruminations, many of which are scintillating with the brightness of the universal.
Books Ireland – Fred Johnston
Donaldson is a lyric poet operating at the highest level of the craft.
Skylight Magazine – Audrey Molloy
Review quotes from Paul Perry’s article in Poetry Ireland
‘Moyra Donaldson is a poet of love and dreams. An erotic charge pulsates through her work too; her love poems are filled with pain and longing.’
‘There’s an honesty to her work, every line has been earned, and every image salvaged from the wreck of her consciousness. The surrealistic vein in her work is both starling and compelling’
‘Like Auden, Donaldson’s argument is implicit, ‘every poem is to be rooted in imaginative awe’’
‘She writes elegant free verse, the rhythm and language establishing their own weight and lightness as the poem demands’
‘For me it is one of the most enjoyable poetry books of the last few years. It’s a book that transports you to a magical place; in this sense I believe it to be a beautiful and enduring piece of art.’
‘It is quite simply a brilliant debut, and the more I read the poems, the better I like them.’