This first selection from the poetry of Roo Borson, a three-time winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Literary Competition, ranges from the short lyric through the prose poem and is comprised of pieces spanning a decade and a half of work. Her work depicts human events within aset of vivid, elemental larger scales - of earth and stars, cities and centuries - where the human flickers in and out of significance, solitary yet intimately connected, and reperceives these relationships in deft and sudden ways.
About the author
Roo Borson is the author of ten books of poetry, including Short Journey Upriver toward Oishida, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She has also been involved in a number of collaborative projects, including Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei, by Pain Not Bread (Roo Borson, Kim Maltman, and Andy Patton). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, such as Twentieth Century Poetry and Poetics, the Harbrace Anthology of Poetry, and the Norton Introduction to Literature. Roo Borson lives in Toronto with poet and collaborator Kim Maltman.
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"This is Borson at her best, full-blooded; the guardedness, the mast of impassivity, of saintliness dropped." Quill and Quire
"There are some qualities in writing that can't be faked. In poetry, few things matter so much as a hungry eye, a fresh way of responding to the world...Roo Borson is a true original." Maclean's
"Borson's lyrics are consistently vivid and precise...Night Walk, can literally be opened at random for proof." Event - The Douglas College Review
"In Borson's poetry, distance is also the harbinger of inarticulation - even though, in the very act of exposing what it is we have no words to express, she does express it. Or rather, she seems to express it - for this is the gift of her poetry; that it gives the impression of articulationwhere no articulation can exist...Roo Borson is plainly one of this country's finest poets." Timothy Findley Journal of Canadian Poetry