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In her first poetry collection, Journeys, Mollie Pilling draws upon her many years of living, journeying, and teaching in foreign lands. In these intelligent, visceral, sometimes rambunctious, sometimes heart-breaking poems, the author's journeys are emotional as well as geographical. She glories in the joys of motherhood and all varieties of love, but she also mourns the losses that follow unleashings of the heart.
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Born in Chicago and raised in Washington, DC, Mollie Pilling has been teaching literature for over twenty-five years, seventeen of them at international schools in New Dehli, Lugano, Athens, London, and Rome. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East, North Africa, Australia, and Europe. Currently she is teaching and writing at the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut.Review:
"In her debut book of poems, Mollie Pilling takes us across two continents and several cultures, whose artistic and historical wealth is set out in vivid detail, along with events and phenomena unfamiliar to most of us. We also join Pilling on journeys to realms of political fury and fierce mother-love. The injustice of war and subordination of women are graphically shown, as is the beauty of behavior many might think exotic. 'Taxi Wallahs,' for instance, depicts Sikh taxi drivers washing their luxuriant hair ceremoniously on a New Dehli street corner. As Journeys proceeds, we see that its main voyage is one of the heart. Though the narrator faces continual loss of the love she believes in and longs for, she finds many of its miracles along the way. As she states in the book's final poem, 'We had our moments. Don't ever forget / those small moments that were so big / they undid the ordinary sun like a full eclipse.' " --Arlene Swift Jones, author of God, Put Out One of Their Eyes
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Book Description Antrim House, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0982397097