Inside the phobic and the crushing we trudge through the wreckage, the slippage, and the comic, in our search for joy. The beauty in these poems is an amalgam, like a gathering storm, of the meteorological and political, the mundane and the distressing.
There's a Zen story where a student asks a master to summarize his teaching in one word. The master says, "Attention.' The student, not satisfied, asks for two words. "Attention. Attention," the master replies. In footlights, Pearl Pirie gives careful attention to the everyday details and daily strange wonders yielding poems rich in observation and nuance asking; What is it to live in the world and to have a life? What is it to pay attention to one's own attentiveness? Attend to these poems as they attend to you. They delight.
- Gary Barwin, author of For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe
Sensuous and deeply philosophical, the expansive poems in footlights put forth vital questions that push not only against but brilliantly into, the very essence of self as a combining form in these swiftly changing times.
- Brenda Schmidt, former Sask Poet Laureate, author of Culverts Beneath the Narrow Road