Impeccable Regret travels terrain demonstrating that, as a result of the so-called postmodern impulses driving poetic discourse, culture has replaced nature as humanity’s defining context; that, within the paradigm of the twenty-worst century, the recollection of natural environments seems anachronistic or oxymoronic. The poems in this collection respond to the questions: What happens when natural phenomena no longer provide solace and comfort? And how do we define both “self” and “other” in postmodern terms when the basis for such assessments fails on a grand scale?
To these ends, the poems concern themselves with the power of politics and the politics of power, both as they surround and confound the individual; both “I” and “you” in these poems transcend the local in order to undertake the divagation of truths with regard to the way in which, when two (or more) individuals are brought (or thrust) together, the dynamics of power and the political demand that one or more people dominate the others. Taking a stance far from the confessional mode, the work examines elements of our interior/exterior values while concurrently demonstrating how evaluation and devaluation control the work’s central question: how does one remain true to a common valuing of humanistic principles when the world, such as it is and isn’t, presses so insistently against each or all of us? Where do we turn when we wish to “disconnect”? Why does impeccable regret become so difficult to achieve, maintain, and sustain (or thrive beyond mere survival)?
In the words of Arthur Miller, “all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”
About the authors
Judith Fitzgerald is the author of fifteen books including Ultimate midnight (Black Moss Press), Rapturous Chronicles (Mercury— nominated for a 1991 Governor General’s Award for Poetry), and Habit of Blues (Mercury). Fitzgerald’s poems, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared across Canada in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and literary journals, from The Globe and Mail— where she has been a regular contributor of literary journalism— to Saturday Night.
Praise for past work:
“Judith Fitzgerald’s poetry is remarkable. It is stunningly original; distinguished by wit, beauty, and a powerful sense of language, created always according to the high standards of integrity and craftsmanship which inform all aspects of her admirable literary enterprise.”
– Leonard Cohen
“Judith Fitzgerald is a poet and knows a thing or two.”
– Paul Lisson
“Read and reread her poetry: in its amazing use of language and idiom, she captures an entire world and its visions.”
– David Staines (University of Ottawa)
“A truly excellent poet, I don’t think there’s anybody in [Canada] that probably has the originality [Fitzgerald’s] voice possesses. She is not only the most intelligent poet in Canada, she’s also able to take language to new heights and is sensitive to language and all the nuances associated with it. She’s one of the greats; and, by that, I mean, THE GREATS.”
– Alistair MacLeod
“These poems are high-wire performances, in which all the glories of poetic history are employed, with sheer bravado, wit, & pizzazz. . A fitting tribute to all those it recalls, & to the poet whose final offering it has become.”
– Eclectic Ruckus