The Analyst

When a psychoanalyst became a painter after surviving a stroke, her longtime patient, distinguished and beloved poet Molly Peacock, took up a unique task. The Analyst (from W.W. Norton and Biblioasis) is a new, visceral, twenty-first century “in memoriam” of ambiguous loss in which Peacock brilliantly tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that now

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A Turn Around the Mansion Grounds

Slapering Hol Press published another in their two-poet conversations chapbook series in October 2014. Molly is paired with Amy M. Clark in A Turn Around the Mansion Grounds: Poets in Conversation & A Conversation.

The Second Blush

Acclaimed poet Molly Peacock tracks the vicissitudes of midlife marriage in her saucy, vulnerable, philosophical sixth collection.


Read three poems from Molly’s Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002

How To Read A Poem & Start A Poetry Circle

“An invaluable little book . . . Like any great teacher of anything, Peacock believes that in giving us a way to understand her subject, she is giving us a tool for living.” Seattle Times Read an excerpt: “All my life, what I’ve hoped to create in my poems is a complex world, one that

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Earlier Works

Click here to view my first four volumes of poetry.



Molly Peacock’s fiction book, Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions, with illustrations by Kara Kosaka, is available for sale in Canada. View the Alphabetique Virtual Advent Calendar Archive, where a detail from one of Kara Kosaka’s jewel-like illustrations for the abecedarian mini-stories accompanied a line or a bit from the story of the letter of the day.

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The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany
[Begins Her Life’s Work at 72]

The best-selling biography and meditation on late-life creativity was Named A Book of the Year by The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Booklist, The London Evening Standard, The Irish Times, The Sunday Telegraph. Andrea Wulf in the New York Times Book Review:”Delany’s story abounds with energy as Peacock brings her alive. Like her glorious multilayered

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Passion Flowers in Winter

“Passion Flowers in Winter,” Molly’s essay about the remarkable 18th-century botanical collage artist Mrs. Delany, is included in The Best American Essays 2007, edited by David Foster Wallace, series editor Robert Atwan.

The Private I:
Privacy in a Public World

The Private I: Privacy in a Public World a collection of essays edited by Molly Peacock for The Graywolf Forum Series How we find privacy and how we lose it is the scope of this lively and engaging collection of essays. Writers tackle the issue of privacy on many levels: global, communal, and the very

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Paradise, Piece by Piece

Read more about Molly’s memoir and thoughts about not having children.