Heart Lineage

Barbara J McGrath

“The Heart Lineage which Barbara McGrath traces through her poetry takes us finally not only to the Irish sod that gave birth to her family but to the 'two curses/of moon over the starved hills.' The lines, the words themselves, have been put under a tremendous pressure from long experience wisely meditated. And so, these poems aren't narrative alone. They reveal the core of every vivid moment in perfect synchronic unfolding and ironic hook. The speaker discovers herself as a woman who knows 'finally what it is to have loved.' Through the most serious and deliberate movements, the poems take us to what is 'broken' and what can be healed. This is a great human document.”
~ Bill Tremblay - Winner of the Colorado Book Award


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