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Judith Fitzgerald is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry as well as two bestselling biographies, Marshall McLuhan: Wise Guy (Dundurn, 2001) and Building a Mystery: The Story of Sarah McLachlan and Lilith Fair (Quarry, 1997). Rapturous Chronicles (Mercury, 1991) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry; her epyllion, River (ECW, 1995), was both shortlisted for the Trillium Award and honoured with the James McMaster Poetry Prize; and her collection of ghazals and sonnets, Twenty-Six Ways Out of This World (Oberon Press, 1996), was named one of the six best poetry collections of the year published in English (Globe and Mail’s Top 100). Given Names: New and Selected Poems (Black Moss Press, 1985) was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and won a Writers’ Choice Award. Fitzgerald passed away in November of 2015.
January 2016 : Best of 2015
December 2015 : Judith Fitzgerald: In Memoriam (1952–2015)
December 2015 : Passing of Judith Fitzgerald
October 2015 : No regrets about reading Impeccable Regret
QUOTES OF NOTEImpeccable Regret
“The tremendous vitality of Fitzgerald’s poetry is partly due to the ‘gorgeosity’ of her language, but also to the vision, power, and centrality of her themes: the blackness of our lives, and our lives’ moments of splendour. She was our darkest poet, and our most life-affirming. … Fitzgerald’s Impeccable Regret is both gorgeous and religious, an elegy, perhaps, for faith. ”
“These poems are high-wire performances, in which all the glories of poetic history are employed, with sheer bravado, wit, & pizzazz. Puns, rhymes, & so many neologisms & portmanteau words … They are meant to be read aloud, & allowed to sing their various notes as fully throated as possible. … Impeccable Regret is a rich stew of language pushed to extravagant possibilities in the service of remembering the best of what our culture has given us. A fitting tribute to all those it recalls, & to the poet whose final offering it has become.”
– Eclectic Ruckus
“A book of passionate grief, exploring loss at its most heartfelt through a series of short lyric riffs … Her poems move from incantation to sing-song rhyme and chant to ode … Fitzgerald’s poems in this new collection are composed as exclamations, proclaiming and exploring grief and love, loss and regret, the most lively of which exist in that space where her language refuses the straight and simple line. Her strength comes from the gymnastic twist …”
– rob mclennan’s blog
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