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Never Mind

by (author) Katherine Lawrence

Publisher
Turnstone Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2016
Category
Canadian, Emigration & Immigration
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780888015594
    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
    List Price
    $17.00

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In Never Mind, Katherine Lawrence constructs a centuries-old immigrant tale that is fiercely feminist, surprisingly modern, and darkly funny. The voice in these exquisite poems is a 19th century woman who straddles both old and new worlds as she navigates her own interior landscape. Observations are wry, intimate, and shot with musicality.

This muscular collection pays tribute to the long poem while extending the tradition with fragments from letters, diary entries, sketches, dialogue, and an ongoing communion with the natural world. "Who knocks?" asks Wife in Never Mind. "Maple leaves reddened with gossip -- Come in."

New star in the longpoem sky, Never Mind by Katherine Lawrence gets cunning on page 5 and stays that way, throwing open the shutters of self, family, history, nation. Its language settles toward, while reaching free of, a narrative we expect but have not seen quite this way. Its open forms give but don't give in. We'll be grateful for this book.

--Gerald Hill, author of Hillsdale Book

Layered, distinctive, and adventurous, Katherine Lawrence's Never Mind seems set in the past but vaults into a future poetic. At once ethereal and concrete, her words, through erasure and oblique reference, invite engagement and speculation. They make you mind.

--Steven Ross Smith, author of Emanations: Fluttertongue 6

Lyricism and beauty, loss and awe, horror and grief--these poems comprise an unflinching portrait of a woman (and artist) who spends a lifetime asking herself: "What brought me here?"

--Patricia Young, author of Night-Eater and An Auto-erotic History of Swings

About the author

Katherine Lawrence is a writer and fund development consultant whose poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.K. Her work has also been performed on stage and broadcast on CBC radio.
Her first collection of poetry, Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau Books, 2001) won the Brenda Macdonald Riches Award for best first book with the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her second collection, Lying to Our Mothers (Coteau Books, 2006) was short listed for the Anne Szumigalski Award and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry. She won the City of Regina Writing Award in 2014.
Past-president of the Sage Hill Writing Experience Board of Directors, former (Saskatchewan) representative for the League of Canadian Poets, Lawrence is Chair of the Access Copyright Foundation,
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Katherine has lived in Saskatchewan since 1982. She is a graduate of Carleton University.

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Editorial Reviews

New star in the longpoem sky, Never Mind by Katherine Lawrence gets cunning on page 5 and stays that way, throwing open the shutters of self, family, history, nation. Its language settles toward, while reaching free of, a narrative we expect but have not seen quite this way. Its open forms give but don't give in. We'll be grateful for this book.

--Gerald Hill, author of Hillsdale Book

Layered, distinctive, and adventurous, Katherine Lawrence's Never Mind seems set in the past but vaults into a future poetic. At once ethereal and concrete, her words, through erasure and oblique reference, invite engagement and speculation. They make you mind.

--Steven Ross Smith, author of Emanations: Fluttertongue 6

Lyricism and beauty, loss and awe, horror and grief--these poems comprise an unflinching portrait of a woman (and artist) who spends a lifetime asking herself: "What brought me here?"

--Patricia Young, author of Night-Eater and An Auto-erotic History of Swings

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