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.
Anne-Marie Turza has an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and The Malahat Review, and the anthology The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010, among others. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
...The Quiet is an evocative, beautifully executed collection that abides like a roaming spirit.