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Poetry, Poetry, Poetry

By SusieAssado
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works that resonate, including those which blur genre. this is a very personal list. in order for works to be included here, they have to be poetry books that i return to.
Short Talks

Short Talks

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i love Anne Carson's writing because of its diversity, she's the Bob Dylan of poetry. she'll surprise you with an electric guitar out of the blue. i like that she pushes the boundaries of genre. in this particular collection there are just so many unusual ways of looking at things both real & possibly invented. she creates a mythology of her own.
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Plainwater

Plainwater

Essays And Poetry
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i haven't read an Anne Carson book that hasn't piqued my interest. i love the essays that are included in this book. Ms. Carson is a mentor who reminds me that i don't need to take things literally. The Anthropology of Water is as much a poem, more than a poem than an essay, but it works as an essay too. the highest compliment i can pay anything is that it incites imitation on my part, or at least, attempts at working within the same form. bit by bit i will be adding all of Carson's oeuvre to this list.
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The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen
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The Red Bird You Wait For is my favourite poem. because of its use of colour, apocalyptic tone & the way it echoes prayer. it has this wondrous dark & foreboding side. i discovered it first in Volume 1: the Early Years. i like the format of the Selected & the choices made. if it weren't for the fact that Ms. McEwen & i were alive at the same time, i would wish to be her reincarnation. but i don't have her understanding of myth alas. she & Anne Carson share something: their engagement with mythology. i wonder if this is something that draws me to poetry. i often discover i'm referencing myth in my own work. MacEwen is someone whose work i often recommend to new poets or rather poets who haven't read much contemporary poetry: it's engaging, includes strong diction & vivid amazing imagery, not to mention poetic cadence, which isn't always important, but when it's done right, i fall in love with the poem.
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Little Seamstress, The
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i have been a fan of Ph's for some years, but this book has become a well-thumbed favourite. it is playful with language & imagery. it is humourous; it is humble. it is irreverent. "Before you died/you tie-dyed..." [from Bravity]
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Honeymoon in Berlin

Honeymoon in Berlin

by Tom Walmsley
illustrated by Sandy McLelland
edition:Paperback
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a work that takes us out of politesse & reminds us that death is imminent.why the fuck not say what we mean?
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the poems are earnest; they have heart & resonance; they depict a rough & tumble life & getting on with things.
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A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno
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attention to sound, formalism, variety...i wrote about this book on my blog: http://amandaearl.blogspot.ca/2011/12/best-of-2011-poetry-gravity-grace-of.html
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Museum of Bone and Water

Museum of Bone and Water

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Nicole Brossard's sensual and provocative investigations of our bodies -- the physical and spiritual museums of who we are and what we desire -- pulse and surprise at every turn. These poems sculpt a fluid but tenacious space where fingers, thighs, lips, fists, cheeks mingle in the palm trees of Dublin and Key West, the heat of Palermo and Madrid, the eyes of Virginia Woolf and Jorge Luis de Borges, the throat of Lee Miller. With each dazzling turn and each crazy silence, Brossard speeds our bre …

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