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Pascal's Fire

by (author) Kristina Bresnen

Initial publish date
Apr 2023
General, Women Authors, Death
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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An unnamed speaker navigates a world where God comes in the shape of a cardinal, speaks in the voice of Georgia O’Keeffe, and paints the desert with bones.

Driven by sound, heartbreak, and the baffling limits and possibilities of language, a nameless speaker sets out into a dream-like wilderness where lyric and narrative meet, time dissolves, and figures as various as Moses, the apostle Paul, Virginia Woolf, Blaise Pascal, and Zora Neale Hurston gather in a colloquy. Born from a region of preachers and stuttering prophets, from the gift of tongues and psalms of lament and praise, Pascal’s Fire negotiates the wonder of the unknown and the tension of belief and confronts the vulnerability of speech where it brushes up against death and grief, wind and desert heat, unquenchable thirst and the steady sound of an IV drip.

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Contributor Notes

Kristina Bresnen has published poems in Canada and the US. She is from Montreal and currently lives in Vancouver.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Pascal's Fire

"This book, these writings, these poems and notes and quotes; this eloquent stutter of words burning the fire that doesn’t consume, that dances in tongues, that is written on a piece of paper and sewn into the lining of a jacket: I’m all ears, every page."
—John Terpstra, author of Wild Hope: Prayers & Poems