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A Pretty Sight

by (author) David O’Meara

Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
Canadian, General
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Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, A Pretty Sight shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by ‘time's frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvas,’ O’Meara's new book explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

‘O’Meara is a poet of the personal. Of the person. In and amongst the social documentary and human observation at which he excels, here is a writer prepared to put feelings on the line and to argue his case with the reader. This is proud, felt, and affecting work — I can't think of many other poets so prepared to engage and so equipped to succeed.’ —Simon Armitage

About the author

David O’Meara is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013). He is the Director of the Plan 99 Reading Series, and was the founding Artistic Director for VERSeFest (Canada’s International Poetry Festival). A past winner of the Archibald Lampman Prize and the Ottawa Book Award, David was recently the Poet-in-Residence for Arc Poetry Magazine and served as a faculty member at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He lives in Ottawa, Canada where he tends bar.

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  • Winner, Ottawa Book Award for English Fiction
  • Winner, Archibald Lampman Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry

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