Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier by Lorna Crozier, Catherine Hunter

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 certainly one of Canada’s hottest poets. earlier than the 1st observe: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier is a set of thirty-five of her top poems, chosen and brought through Catherine Hunter, and contains 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 topics, with specific awareness to her feminist method of biblical fantasy and her fascination with absence and silence as websites for innovative revision. Crozier’s afterword, “See what percentage Ends This Stick Has: a mirrored image on Poetry,” is a lyrical meditation that offers an inspirational glimpse into the philosophy of a author who prizes the depth of information that poetry calls for, and is tantalized through what predates talking and all that cant be named. an interesting quantity that would attract undergraduate scholars in addition to common readers of poetry. Lorna Crozier’s paintings has gained 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 through a Canadian lady. She has released fourteen books of poetry, such a lot lately, Whetstone. Born in speedy present, Saskatchewan, she now lives in British Columbia, the place she is a individual Professor on the college of Victoria.

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At least one pair must be new, must be blue as a wish hand-knit by your mother in her sleep. ✻ Take a leather satchel, a velvet bag and an old tin box— a salamander painted on the lid. This is to carry that small thing you cannot leave. Perhaps the key you’ve kept though it doesn’t fit any lock you know, the photograph that keeps you sane, a ball of string to lead you out though you can’t walk back into that light. In your bag leave room for sadness, leave room for another language. The Poetry of Lorna Crozier / 39 There may be doors nailed shut.

In those days people spoke to horses, voices soft as bearded wheat; music lived inside a stone. 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.

Now it’s ten years later. Neither of us wants to leave. We are at home with one another, we are each other’s home, the voice in the doorway, calling Come in, come in, it’s growing dark. Still, I’m often asked if I have children. Sometimes I answer yes. Sometimes we have so much we make another person. I can feel her in the night slip between us, tell my dreams how she spent her day. Good night, she says, good night, little mother, and leaves before I waken. Across the lawns she dances in her white, white dress, her dream hair flying.

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