Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht

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The borrowings in Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht are 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 Catherine Moore kept in mind what modern-day forensics reveals about the nature of life and death for bodies recovered from the bogs--the what of their diets the ways their occupations or illnesses marked their bodies and the how behind their death. The forces of nature at work on the bog lands are also given voice in this collection--wind sun and the Shan Van Vocht the bog itself. Shan Van Vocht is a phonetic transliteration of the Gaelic phrase (tSeanbhean bhocht) for the land goddess its meaning translates as Poor Old Woman. In modern druid terms its similar to Mother Nature. Using Gaelic in the collections title was instinctive since peat bog covers 17% of Irelands surface. Other large bog lands are found in Canada and throughout Scandinavian countries. It is interesting to note that we know little of the Bog Bodies from Canada as those corpses are honored with protection and therefore absent for this collection.Poems within this collection were nominated for The Pushcart and The Best of the Net literary awards.

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