About the Author

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is an Edmonton-based poet (formerly of Vancouver) whose work has been published in national and international journals such as Queen's Quarterly and Poetry Salzburg. Her first book Somatic: The Life and Work of Egon Schiele (Exile Editions, 1998) was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award while her second, The Wrecks of Eden (Wolsak and Wynn, 2002) was short listed for the BC Book Prize. Her most recent collections are Cusp/detritus (Anvil Press, 2006) and Shall: ghazals (Wolsak and Wynn, 2006). Her work has also appeared in the anthologies A Practice of Spirit (St Thomas Poetry Series 2002) and a collection of tributes to Joe Rosenblatt (Guernica Editions 2005).

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Catalysts

Catalysts

Confrontations with the muse
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Cusp/detritus

Cusp/detritus

an experiment in alleyways
by Catherine Owen
photographs by Karen Moe
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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Sliver Fiction, Short Stories & an Homage
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Frenzy

Frenzy

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Other 23 & a Half Hours, The

Other 23 & a Half Hours, The

Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn't Teach You
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Riven

Riven

Poems
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Nature Writing 101

 

 

Our minds can turn anything romantic.

 

Is the problem.

 

The sewagy mud of the Fraser a quaint muslin & the spumes

 

 

         pulsing out of chimneys at the Lafarge cement plant look,

 

         at night, like two of Isadora Duncan’s scarves, pale, insouciant veils,

 

         harmless. The trees are all gone but then aren’t our hearts

 

 

more similar to wastelands.

 

We can make it kin, this pollution, children one is sad about yet still fond of, their

 

delinquency linked to our own, irreparable with familiarity, a lineage of stench &

 

 

         forgiveness. Our minds can assimilate all horrors.

 

         Is the problem.

 

         The animals will disappear and those small, strange invertebrates;

 

 

the bees will vanish & in the well-oiled waters, fish

 

will surge their deaths over the sand bags.

 

But then we keep saying, “Let’s construct another narrative.”

 

 

         The nightmares must simply be called reality.

 

         And after this you see,

 

         it is possible to carry on.

 

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Shall

Shall

ghazals
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Trobairitz

Trobairitz

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Locations of Grief

Locations of Grief

An Emotional Geography
edited by Catherine Owen
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