Mandorla is a collection of poems about mothers and children, especially the mothering of challenging children, children with disabilities. In the first section of Holmes' new collection of poems, the Virgin Mary is the archetypal suffering mother who worries about the fate of her son. Through a poetic re-drawing of the hieratic poses of icons of the Virgin in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Holmes comes to recognize the fear and absolute love for a child who is fated to be different. The second section moves out of cultural ...

Mandorla 2005, Ronsdale Press

ISBN-13: 9781553800293

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