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Heaven's Thieves

by (author) Sue Sinclair

Brick Books
Initial publish date
May 2016
Canadian, General
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Lyric poems built with consummate skill by a poet at the peak of her powers.

Heaven's Thieves is a collection engaged with the big questions — What are bodies for? What does it mean to be alive? What is beauty and why does it have such power over us? What is the point of art? — and the urgent ones — how to live in a shattered ecology, what to do about grief, illness, betrayal. Sinclair turns her attention to these questions with fearless curiosity, economy, and an originality born of her willingness to pursue her own line of inquiry to its limit. These poems get close and cut deep, mixing subject and object, surface and soul: "Red mud glistens / like cut fruit — or like the knife / that did the cutting, laid down."

In this, her fifth collection, Sinclair knows that nature is both "done to death" and "inexhaustible"; that art is an elegy for experience, but even so,

?to die
is not to wash through the body of a deer like a ghost;
it isn't to skulk under a living skin.
It's a change in the value of things. (from "The Dead")

Experience and its value are changed in these poems. They are as wise as they are disruptive, and they change us as surely as they remake the world.

Praise for Sue Sinclair:
"?a poet who looks long and hard at the world to draw existential meaning. Her studious gaze is insightful, even — dare I say it in this secular age — soulful." — Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star
"?vivid, lively, crisp, and packed with delicious surprise metaphors." — Anita Lahey, Arc Poetry Magazine

About the author

Sue Sinclair grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland. Her extraordinary poetic powers were first recognized when she won two creative writing awards at University of New Brunswick: the Walker Prize and the Angela Ludvine Memorial Prize. Her first poetry collection, Secrets of Weather & Hope, was a finalist for the 2002 Gerald Lampert Award, and her second, Mortal Arguments, was a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her work appears frequently in magazines such as The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, Grain, The New Quarterly, and The Malahat Review, and in anthologies such as Coastlines and Breathing Fire II.

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