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Poetry Death

What the Soul Doesn't Want

by (author) Lorna Crozier

Publisher
Freehand Books
Initial publish date
May 2017
Category
Death, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781988298122
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781988298139
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $10.99

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Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award

In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly, the naming of an eggplant, and a woman who — not unhappily — finds that cockroaches are drawn to her.

"God draws a life. And then begins to rub it out / with the eraser on his pencil." Lorna Crozier draws a world in What the Soul Doesn't Want, and then beckons us in. Crozier's signature wit and striking imagery are on display as she stretches her wings and reminds us that we haven't yet seen all that she can do.

 

About the author

Lorna Crozier, one of Canada's most celebrated poets, has read from her work on every continent. She has received numerous awards, including the Governor General's Award, for her fifteen books of poetry, which include The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems; Whetstone; Apocrypha of Light; What the Living Won't Let Go; A Saving Grace; Everything Arrives at the Light; Inventing the Hawk; Angels of Flesh, Angels of Silence; and The Garden Going On Without Us. She has also edited several anthologies, among them Desire in Seven Voices and, with Patrick Lane, Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast. She lives in Saanich, BC.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Poetry

Editorial Reviews

"[N]ew poems by Lorna Crozier are always a reason for rejoicing." - Globe and Mail

"[A] late-career highlight... [Crozier] can speak for the inanimate with whimsy and empathy, knows when and how to conjure sensuality, and can sneak in an emotional payload." - Quill and Quire

"[N]ew poems by Lorna Crozier are always a reason for rejoicing." — Globe and Mail

"[A] late-career highlight” [Crozier] can speak for the inanimate with whimsy and empathy, knows when and how to conjure sensuality, and can sneak in an emotional payload." — Quill and Quire

User Reviews

Fine New Collection

A welcome new collection by one of our most accomplished poets. Crozier’s carefully crafted work is distinguished by its humanity and wit. I particularly enjoyed “Cockroach,” a little masterpiece that has scurried across the pages into my heart.

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