Anne-Marie Turza's formidable debut collection presents a landscape where anything might appear, out of myth, history, or science: microscopic creatures, the pitcher Satchel Paige, toothed whales, a man on the back of a snow bear.
These poems test the lyric affinity between silence, imagination, and the material world. Put another way, in The Quiet, spatial and temporal distances can be measured in degrees of silence. Turza writes, "Here one can live at any dark system's edge." The Quiet is sinister and aerial.
About the author
Anne-Marie Turza's first book of poems, The Quiet, published in 2014, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and was named the year's most remarkable Canadian debut by the Globe and Mail. She was also a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, the Malahat Review, Prism, the Globe and Mail, and elsewhere. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
...The Quiet is an evocative, beautifully executed collection that abides like a roaming spirit.
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