Poetry: Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht by Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore

Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht by Catherine Moore is a chapbook-length collection of prose poems that explores lost voices of the soil-mummified nameless, whose bodies are recovered from bog lands. The “borrowings” in the book refer to Bog Bodies, naturally preserved corpses, displayed sometimes like sideshow curiosities in museums worldwide. These bodies are titled after the bog, melting and churning, which exhumed them.

In creating a lyrical voice for these nameless, the poet kept in mind what modern-day forensics reveals about the nature of life and death for bodies recovered from the bogs. It informs about their diets, the ways their occupations or illnesses marked their bodies, and even how they died. Poems within this collection were nominated for The Pushcart and The Best of the Net literary awards.

Catherine Moore is the author of three chapbooks and the collection Ulla! Ulla! (Main Street Rag). Her work appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Roanoke Review, Southampton Review, Appalachian Heritage, Mid-American Review and in various anthologies. She’s been awarded Walker Percy and Hambidge fellowships and her honors include the Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, a Nashville MetroArts grant, inclusion in the juried Best Small Fictions, as well as Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and she teaches at a community college. ◊

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