By Lorna Crozier, Catherine Hunter

Lorna Crozier’s radical mind's eye, and the finely tuned emotional intelligence that's published within the readability of her poetry, have made her considered one of Canada’s preferred poets. prior to the 1st notice: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier is a suite of thirty-five of her most sensible poems, chosen and brought by means of Catherine Hunter, and comprises an afterword via Crozier herself. Representing her paintings from 1985 to 2002, the gathering finds the big variety of Lorna Crozier’s voice in its such a lot lyrical, contemplative, ironic, and witty moments. Hunter’s advent discusses the poet’s significant subject matters, with specific recognition to her feminist method of biblical fantasy and her fascination with absence and silence as websites for ingenious revision. Crozier’s afterword, “See what percentage Ends This Stick Has: a mirrored image on Poetry,” is a lyrical meditation that gives an inspirational glimpse into the philosophy of a author who prizes the depth of knowledge that poetry calls for, and is tantalized by way of what predates talking and all that cant be named. an attractive quantity that would entice undergraduate scholars in addition to common readers of poetry. Lorna Crozier’s paintings has received many awards, together with the Governor Generals Award in 1992 (for Inventing the Hawk), the 1st prize for poetry within the CBC Literary pageant, the Canadian Authors organization Award for Poetry in 1992, a countrywide journal Award in 1995, and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards (1993 and 1996) for the easiest ebook of poetry by way of a Canadian girl. She has released fourteen books of poetry, such a lot lately, Whetstone. Born in quick present, Saskatchewan, she now lives in British Columbia, the place she is a wonderful Professor on the collage of Victoria.

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It writes lewd words in the margins. Wherever you are reading— on a bus, at home in your favourite chair, in the library— it flips open its coat and flashes. It backs the librarian against the wall, it comes all over the stacks, over A Clockwork Orange, over The Naked and the Dead, over A Golden Treasury of Verse, over Sexus, Nexus and Plexus. This poem won’t stop. Even when you close the book you can hear it making obscene sounds, smacking its lips, completely in love with itself. 16 / Before the First Word Mother and I, Walking Father is gone again, the streets empty.

One of those places you dream about when you’re stuck in the city on a muggy day and the desert you have to cross to get there keeps growing. Not that it’s perfect, not that it doesn’t have its share of wife-beating, racism and down-right human greed. But Christ would’ve liked the town this kid’s from. Maybe it’s even got a name like Manyberries, Porcupine Plain, or Paradise Hill. The Poetry of Lorna Crozier / 15 Male Thrust I can take no pleasure from serious reading … that lacks a strong male thrust.

Not to say it was good, that falling, but who could stop it? We are made of mostly water and water calls to water through centuries of reason children fall light and slender as the rain. 26 / Before the First Word The Red Onion in Skagway, Alaska The only thing this town’s got going is the past. Here the erotics of history, and vice versa, bring prosperity. In the Red Onion Saloon I read what’s supposed to be an amusing tale of the girls upstairs who worked in “cribs,” ten by ten cells, just enough room to lie spread-legged.

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