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Saint Twin

by (author) Sarah Burgoyne

Mansfield Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2016
Canadian, General
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    Apr 2016
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Saint Twin is a collection of story poems, short lyrics, long walks, tiny chapters and fake psalms. The poems explore themes of absurdity, loss, and wonder, and make their way through intuitive leaps from speaker to speaker, scene to scene, sometimes (but not always) hunting for a holy other, or the holiness of the Other. The structure is unique, challenging and pleasurable: over the course of this generous debut collection, sequences begin, disappear, and then reappear, weaving among the stand-alone poems. The poems play with the elements of the fable, myth and drunken reportage, freely using or abandoning traditional elements of syntax and grammar. Saint Twin reveals that ancient pipe slowing cracking under the house during a birthday party.

About the author

Sarah Burgoyne was raised on Canada's West Coast and now lives in Montreal. Her latest chapbooks include Love The Sacred Raisin Cakes (Baseline Press, 2014) and Happy Dog, Sad Dog (Proper Tales Press, 2013). Her poems have been published widely, including appearances in This Magazine, illiterature, Dusie, Matrix, Capilano Review. Sarah was short-listed for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize and received honourable mention for the 2014 John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. She is now working on a 900-page non-fiction story, which, at the rate she's going, will be published in 2236.

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