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The True Names of Birds

by (author) Susan Goyette

Brick Books
Initial publish date
Nov 1998
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 1998
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The True Names of Birds is the first book-length collection from a voice that has captured the attention of Canadian poetry readers for the last half-dozen years. Deeply centred in domestic life, Goyette's work is informed by a muscular lyricism. These are poems that push the limits, always true to their roots.

"This is a fresh new voice with a tense lyrical intelligence. This is a collection to begin everything with, a cure for silence, secrets that arrive with a steady eloquence." --Patrick Lane

About the author

Susan Goyette lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her two teenagers. Her first Brick book, The True Names of Birds (1998), was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther and Governor General's Awards for poetry. Her novel Lures was short-listed for The Thomas Raddall Award for Fiction. She has been a member of the faculty at The Maritime Writers` Workshop, The Banff Wired Studio and Sage Hill. She is currently finishing her second novel.

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Editorial Reviews

"After inhabiting Goyette's poems for awhile, their weave of metaphors begins to spin into something [profound]: a mythological milieu that defines and gives musical resonance to the poet's own life. This is how you make a home."--Jeanette Lynes, The Antigonish Review

"These poems revolve around domestic life ... they're lyrical and compelling, with a strong use of metaphor."--Nico Mara-McKay, Shelf Life.

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