A Mourning Dove

Mona Lydon-Rochelle’s first collection, Mourning Dove, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.

“A graceful passion drives Mona Lydon-Rochelle’s Mourning Dove, an eloquent odyssey toward the soul’s home. These sensuous poems derive their fluency from myriad stops, among them Mombasa, Ireland, Boston, the North Shore of Oahu, and Portland, The City of Roses. Travel with Lydon-Rochelle through these finely wrought lines. Experience a visionary chart of the human psyche—anger, grief, doubt, longing, love, hope, faith. Expand the compass of your heart.” – John Willson, Pushcart Prize winner and author of The Son We Had 

“Poets, new on the scene, can sometimes utterly surprise us by their use of everyday language, descriptive powers and, especially, apt recollection, in the present, of past encounters and situations. I find Mona Lydon-Rochelle, in this her all too short collection, sitting well in such company. In her eventful life, history has taken her from the eastern seaboard of her homeland of North America to its western extreme. From there, in what she writes, is the story too of inward journeys, doubts and the search for identity. Intimacy with nature is the backdrop to her yearning for both meaning and healing. The corralling of her deepest thoughts, here being expressed in such tender and questioning verse, makes her a very fine poet indeed.”  –  Iain Duggan, Franciscan priest from Ireland, author of eight poetry collections including Watching a Rainbow.

“This engaging collection of poems derives from the spiritual journey and imagination of a woman who has learned much from her Jesuit-inspired ‘search for God in all things.’ She delights in playing with language and longings experienced in her work and travels from New England to Africa to Ireland with her present home in the Pacific Northwest. She is at her best with short-lined lyrics of personal memories, but also extends herself to longer free verse narratives in ‘Nora’s Child’ and ‘Resurrection Child.’ Her language and imagery are clean and precise, avoiding the clichés of naïve religious poetry and shedding quiet light upon the reader’s imagination.” – David Leigh, S J, English Professor, Seattle University, author of Apocalyptic Patterns in Twentieth-Century Fiction.

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