Poems by Honor Moore

Cut Outs

Portrait of Manet's Wife

To Janet, On Galileo



Honor Moore’s first collection of poems, Memoir, was published in 1988 to critical acclaim.  Equally lauded for her work as a playwright and biographer, she is the editor of The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women, and author of Mourning Pictures, a verse play, and The White Blackbird, a “biography with traces of memoir” of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent.  Moore has held distinguished positions in poetry and theatrical writing at James Madison University, New York University, and the University of Iowa.  She is the recipient of a N.E.A. Creative Writing Fellowship, and the Judy Grahn Award for The White Blackbird, which was also a finalist for the Lamda Literary Award.  Moore’s much-anticipated second poetry collection, Darling, explores painters and painting, love and sex.  In addition to bringing to life the works of painters like Degas, Darling expresses, both explicitly and implicitly, a great range of sexual and romantic experience, including lesbian love in middle age, and fearlessly takes on sensitive topics such as date rape, AIDS, and abortion at Yale in the 1960s.  “We are in the presence of a poet to be praised not only for the eloquence and musicality of her voice,” writes Carolyn Forché, “but also for the courage of her moral engagement.  [This] is not only beautiful work, it is brave.”  




Poetry Center Reading:

Spring 1999