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Dancing on a Pin

Dancing on a Pin

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Honest, stark, brave, and at times a humorous evoking of feelings and ideas, this collection of evocative poems is focused on the poet's husband's illness (cancer) and eventual death, her close sharing of this process, and the frustration of dealing with modern medical treatment, that is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. But mostly, this is a series of poems that make meaning of two people on a journey.

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Dancing on a Pin is Katerina Fretwell's eighth poetry, and art, collection. Honest, stark, brave, and at times a humorous evoking of feelings and ideas, this collection of evocative poems is focused on the poet's husband's illness (cancer) and eventual death, her close sharing of this process, and the frustration of dealing with modern medical treatment, that is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. But mostly, this is a series of poems that make meaning of two people on a journey.

Largeness of Rescue, The

The Largeness of the Rescue

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The Largeness of Rescue helps us travel along our own storyline by doing what the best art does so well: engages us with ourselves and with our world, and encourages us to slow down and consider our very humanness.

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The big theme-- perhaps the only theme-- is the narrative that unfolds between the bookends of our birth and our death. Each of us is born into a time and place-- our present-- and must answer the questions only we can answer for ourselves: Who are we? What will we do? What choices will we make? The Largeness of Rescue helps us travel along our own storyline by doing what the best art does so well: engages us with ourselves and with our world, and encourages us to slow down and consider our very humanness.

The Corpses of the Future

The Corpses of the Future

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PLUS, the winner of this giveaway will also receive a 12" x 19" broadsheet of the poem Blood Moon from The Corpses of the Future, a collection of poems that tells the story of Lynn Crosbie's father’s battle with frontotemporal dementia and blindness, following a stroke. Specially typeset and letterpressed on uncoated crème archival paper at Coach House Press, this broadsheet is perfect for framing.

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The Corpses of the Future is a sustained, confessional new collection of poems by Lynn Crosbie. It tells the story of her father’s battle with frontotemporal dementia and blindness, following a stroke. The poems chronologically recount the poet’s conversations and time with her father, and capture his still-astonishing means of communicating. The book’s title is his sardonic remark. Crosbie considers dementia to be a symbolic language and as such, similar to poetry. The author’s attempts to understand her father’s distress, pain, fear, and brave love are assisted by her understanding of the “negative capability” required of readers of poetry.

This is a harrowing book, with moments of joy and even levity. It is a collection of poetry about love, and love’s persistence, even under the most unspeakable circumstances.

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

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A masterwork from one of Canada’s most important poets.

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A masterwork from one of Canada’s most important poets

Referencing the post-war neorealist film by Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian past and her life in Canada through elegy and acts of translation of text and of self.

The collection opens with a kind of hymn to life on the planet, sung from the peak of that urban island, Montreal — an attempt to see beyond death. The book moves into a sequence of poems described by Sharon Thesen as the poet “envisioning the passage of time under the ‘full and waning’ moon of Mount Royal’s beacon cross, recalling her Italian immigrant parents in Toronto and her current life in Montreal [. . .] a sort of Decameron.”

Thesen’s description is apt for the collection as a whole, which moves into the poet’s autobiography — in search of catharsis through literature — and pays tributes to poets who have been part of the literary landscape di Michele now inhabits. Bicycle Thieves is poetry as time machine, transcending the borders between life and death, language and culture.

Thin Air of the Knowable

Thin Air of the Knowable

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“Wendy Donawa’s poetry rests at the very edge of beauty where a wild delicacy resides.” —Patrick Lane

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An elegiac and incisive debut that blends poems of social justice with poems of ordinary life.

 

In her first collection, Thin Air of the Knowable, the physical landscapes of Wendy Donawa's life--West Coast, Caribbean, prairies--ground many of her poems and often reflect the inner geography of her preoccupations. A road-trip poem moves from prairie winter, "an icy scatter of gravel / the moving centre of this unpeopled world," past a cattle liner on its way to the slaughter house, but it also passes beneath the sky's "blazing scroll of light," and magpies "flashing black and teal in the sun." Landscape also functions metaphorically to suggest how historical settings play out in the exigencies of individual lives.

 

Other preoccupations include poems that reflect on poesis itself--the strange poem-making compulsion to capture that which is largely inexpressible (hence "the thin air of the knowable"), and the role of dreams, memory, and intuition in shaping a poem's knowledge.

 

Donawa is, in many ways, a political poet, yet manages to put flesh and blood into everything she writes. In the end,

 

Perhaps there is only the demonic journey.
Small beauties by the roadside, and
such love as we can muster.
(from "Pu Ru Paints Zhong Kui the Demon Queller on a Mule")

 

Praise for Thin Air of the Knowable:

 

"Wendy Donawa's poetry rests at the very edge of beauty where a wild delicacy resides." --Patrick Lane

 

"Like the watchmakers of old, Wendy Donawa puts a spyglass to her eye and fixes her vision to the minute, to all that carries on beneath our imperfect sight--worlds upon worlds brought into the sharpest focus." --Pamela Porter


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