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Poetry Canadian

two eyes are you sleeping

by (author) Heather O'Neill

Publisher
DC Books
Initial publish date
Nov 1998
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780919688179
    Publish Date
    May 1998
    List Price
    $16.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780919688193
    Publish Date
    Nov 1998
    List Price
    $29.95

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Description

This is the first full-length collection of poems by Heather O'Neill, a writer and performer living in Montreal. two eyes are you sleeping is a linked collection of personal and political lyrics, written in a voice that reflects both the rootlessness and violence of the urban landscape and a metaphorical brilliance that transforms the ordinary into the visionary.
These are poems of the street, poems of defenselessness, strength, perversity and generosity, poems of drug addicts, alcoholics, con-men and sexual adventurers, poems to shout out in the bathtub with the radio blaring out the song you loved when you were fourteen. Most of all they are about growing up human in the drab beauty of the city.

About the author

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Lullabies For Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and won Canada Reads. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has since published the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and the short story collection Daydreams Of Angels, both of which were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years. The collection was also shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter.

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Editorial Reviews

"...witty, penetrating, imaginative, visual, and emotional. "
— Canadian Literature, Autumn 2000
"...[Not] just poems.... three-penny opera, early-morning police statement and the slurring song of vagabonds like magpies on methadone."
— Matrix, Spring 1999
"...Harsh familiarity and inventive language...creates a sense of urgency....[A] poetic exploration of poverty and single motherhood."
— Montreal Review of Books, Summer 1999

“...witty, penetrating, imaginative, visual, and emotional. ”

— Canadian Literature, Autumn 2000

“...[Not] just poems.... three-penny opera, early-morning police statement and the slurring song of vagabonds like magpies on methadone.”

— Matrix, Spring 1999

“...Harsh familiarity and inventive language...creates a sense of urgency....[A] poetic exploration of poverty and single motherhood.”

— Montreal Review of Books, Summer 1999

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