Horoscope of the Moon
At the age of seventeen Zofia Ilinska came to England from Poland and presently began to write her poetry in English. Some years later, her son was killed in a motor crash, the trauma of which gave rise to the sequence of profoundly moving poems that form the core of this book. In it can be found much of her most powerful work.
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Poems from this book have been published in the London Magazine, Outposts, the Cornish Review, Orbis and in anthologies. Her verse play, A Night in Lamorran, has been broadcast on Radio 3.
'The Garment' from this selection, was chosen for The Independent's 'Daily Poem; slot, April '93.
These are masterly poems of love, of tragedy, of humour and summer pleasures.' WMN.
'A true authentic poet.' A.L Rowse
'A master of her craft who speaks from the heart.' Jennet Campbell
'Zofia Ilinska's collection is richly various: from a delightful lyric evoking Ruan Lanihorne on the Roseland peninsula where she lived, to tender erotic haiku about Greece, to a powerful lament for a Japanese victim of fall-out and moving elegies for a dead son. Born in Poland, equally influenced by Cornwall, she happily marries the mystical imagination of Slav and Celt: and she has always been unshowily true to the two worlds of every poet: this earthly world and the one just beyond our power to reach.' D.M. Thomas.