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By: Marie Barrett

Heart over Time

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Heart over Time encapsulates the sense of intrigue, of appointed times and of personal election that permeates the writer's work throughout. Marie Barrett's poetry and prose has a 'Jacob's ladder' type feel to it, the journey of life winding and rewinding itself with new revelations revealed in old themes. From her first book, The Witnesses, which was written under instructions from the words in a dream: ‘Write about your experiences in London and call the book The Witnesses.’ a follow-up to Over the Boundaries, in which a wide spectrum of emotions are confronted. In Heart over Time, eschatological concerns are particularly to the fore, stemming most poignantly from the recent death of her husband. The internal rhythms of the speech of her soul find a companion in nature and in the silent workings of the seasons and the universe and have a hypnotising effect that draws the reader in its wake to a state of shared metaphysical being.

Marie Barrett (nee Moloney) was born in Ballyhahill, County Limerick, 20kms from where she now resides, in Granagh. Her secondary schooling was with the Sisters of Mercy in Mount Trenchard, an all-girl boarding school near Foynes.

She studied French and English Literature in University College Cork from 1969 to 1972 and graduated with a BA degree. She spent five months with a family in north-east of Paris which helped with her fluency in French.

She also taught herself to read and write Spanish in her early years of her marriage to Maurice, a physicist she had briefly met at college. Together, they raised and home-schooled their three daughters, Ailbhe, Ester and Louise, eventually opening up a tuition centre that catered for second and third level students.

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