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Poetry Women Authors

He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car

by (author) Arleen Pare

Publisher
Caitlin Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Category
Women Authors
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781927575925
    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
    $18.00

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Description

He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car is elegiac, lyrical, ironic; a series of reflections, recollections; a collection about relationships-to family, clocks, water, trees, ungulates, endings-recognizing that not all relationships are straightforward: a mother's secret false teeth, a teakettle riddled with bullet holes, pears and small knives. To leave a face in the funeral car is to fall out of time, to fall into history, to ponder the meanings of dust, the quiet records of suicide. Thisis poetry that covers a broad range, wide and changing, the strangeness of everyday life buoyed by the solace of language, the pleasure of song. Each word in its right place, each poem reflecting beyond surface meaning.

About the author

Arleen Paré's First book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Leaving Now, a mixed-genre novel released in 2012, was highlighted on All Lit Up. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the 2014 Governor General's Award for Poetry, was nominated for the Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré's poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car, was a 2015 Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist. The Girls with Stone Faces, her fifth book, won the American Golden Crown Award for poetry in 2018. Her sixth book, Earle Street, was released in Spring, 2020. She lives in Victoria with her partner of forty years.

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Awards

  • Runner-up, City of Victoria Butler Prize

Editorial Reviews

"In the case of this new book, Paré's poetry holds nothing less than the entire state of being, in constant beautiful and frustrating creation and decay."

—Amy Reiswig, Focus magazine

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