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Ghost Country

by (author) Steve Noyes

Publisher
Brick Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2006
Category
Canadian
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781926829609
    Publish Date
    May 2006
    List Price
    $10.39
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894078498
    Publish Date
    Apr 2006
    List Price
    $18.00

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"In a sober and carefully understated voice I say: this is a damn good poet." -- Al Purdy on Backing into Heaven

 

Ghost Country enters the difficult electric air between cultures and lovers, alive to the fierce exoticism of desire but also to its confusions, its political and personal dissonances. Set in contemporary China, these poems spring from the intense anguished observations of the lover of a culture who is also, inescapably, the outsider. Lyrical, candid, tough, they are rooted in a passionate honesty that refuses to sentimentalize or look away. In Steve Noyes we have a writer who has steadily hewed to his own course, producing writing with its own unforgettable tang.

 

I turned from you. One look back—
your face wet, eyes downcast—
then one look back ramified, became
a city of return, where mind as emperor
holds court endlessly with the heart.

 

From "The Middle Kingdom"

 

"Ghost Country is not so much a book of poetry as the rangefinder of an exquisite camera, in which two worlds merge to form a single, rich vision. To read this book is to walk into this vision, to breathe its air, to speak its language. It's a journey worth taking, one that will linger long after the last page is turned." -- Terence Young

 

Steve Noyes has published two previous books of poetry, Backing into Heaven (1986), and Hurriya (1996), as well as Cities of India, a collection of short fiction. Of Hurriya, Stan Dragland observed that it was a "luminous and unusual book". Noyes taught English at Qing Hua University in Beijing and in Dong Yan Jiao, a small town outside Beijing, in 1997-1998. He grew up in Winnipeg and lives in Victoria, BC.

 

About the author

Steve Noyes has published six books of poetry and fiction. In Ghost Country, he also explored the distances to China; in Morbidity and Ornament, he mixed his formal, tight poems in Chinese with his manic narrative English poems. It is Just That Your House is So Far Away is his first novel. Raised in Winnipeg, Noyes is a graduate of UBC’s MFA Writing program and Carleton’s journalism school, and has published over 100 poems, stories and reviews in such magazines and newspapers as The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Event, The Globe and Mail, Queen’s Quarterly, and the Vancouver Sun. He has worked as Foreign Expert, policy analyst, parking-lot attendant, disabilities advocate, sessional lecturer, correspondence writer, plywood mill labourer, and editor. Over the past decade, Noyes has has travelled extensively across China, and worked and studied in Beijing, Shanghai, Taibei, Qingdao, and a little town north of Beijing. He is married to the poet Catherine Greenwood, and currently makes his home in Victoria where he works for the Ministry of Health.

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