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Songs for Dead Children

by (author) E.D. Blodgett

Publisher
The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2018
Category
Canadian, Death
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781772123883
    Publish Date
    Mar 2018
    List Price
    $15.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772123692
    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price
    $21.99

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In a series of poems inspired by Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, E.D. Blodgett searches for meaning amidst grief. In the contemplative gentleness of his words, he finds the special light children possess in their state of unknowing as they encounter the world. These sparse poems move through acceptance and resignation to the solace that exists in the word. Blodgett's poetry will speak to readers who have experienced loss, are exploring grief, or want to find a way to connect with stillness.

as bells that ring through the winter air

the clear laughter of children sings in the trees

almost like brooks bursting in spring

the air stands up its joy unbound

the breath of it the bright birth of stars

About the author

 

Poet and scholar, E.D. Blodgett has published seventeen books of poetry two of which were awarded the Governor General’s Award. He is an Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. His research has varied from mediaeval European romance to Canadian Comparative Literature and his publications include Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (2003) and Elegy (2005).

Harold Coward is Professor Emeritus and the past director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria where he continues to be involved as a research fellow.

 

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