Like the people and animals in her new collection, Lorna Crozier “defies / the anecdotal, / goes for the lyric, / music made from / bone and muscle and the grace notes” of life. The poems in The Wrong Cat are vintage Crozier: sly, sexy, irreverent, and sad, and populated by fully realized characters whose stories take place in a small lyrical space. We learn about a mother’s last breath, the first dog in heaven, a man’s fear that his wife no longer loves him, and the ways in which animals size up the humans around them and find them wanting. With Crozier’s celebrated mix of vibrant imagery, piercing observations, and deeply felt human emotions, these poems provide an affirmation in the midst of the fluid, often challenging nature of experience.
LORNA CROZIER is the award-winning author of fifteen previous books of poetry, most recently Small Mechanics, The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems, Whetstone, and Apocrypha of Light. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. She edited Desire in Seven Voices and, with Patrick Lane, Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast, Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets, and Breathing Fire 2. Born in Swift Current, she now lives in British Columbia. Visit www.lornacrozier.ca.
• "Breathtakingly down-to-earth and reassuringly lyrical, new poems by Lorna Crozier are always a reason for rejoicing." Globe and Mail