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Wednesday June 24, 2015 in Books
Impeccable Regret travels terrain demonstrating that, as a result of the so-called postmodern impulses driving poetic discourse, culture has replaced nature as humanity’s defining context; that, within the paradigm of the twenty-worst century, the recollection of natural environments seems anachronistic or oxymoronic. The poems in this collection respond to the questions: What happens when natural phenomena no longer provide solace and comfort? And how do we define both “self” and “other” in postmodern terms when the basis for such assessments fails on a grand scale?
To these ends, the poems concern themselves with the power of politics and the politics of power, both as they surround and confound the individual; both “I” and “you” in these poems transcend the local in order to undertake the divagation of truths with regard to the way in which, when two (or more) individuals are brought (or thrust) together, the dynamics of power and the political demand that one or more people dominate the others. Taking a stance far from the confessional mode, the work examines elements of our interior/exterior values while concurrently demonstrating how evaluation and devaluation control the work’s central question: how does one remain true to a common valuing of humanistic principles when the world, such as it is and isn’t, presses so insistently against each or all of us? Where do we turn when we wish to “disconnect”? Why does impeccable regret become so difficult to achieve, maintain, and sustain (or thrive beyond mere survival)?
In the words of Arthur Miller, “all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”
Read two poems from Impeccable Regret on Meta-Talon.
ISBN 13: 9780889229495 | ISBN 10: 088922949X
6 W x 9 H inches | 80 pp pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
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QUOTES OF NOTE
“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
About the ContributorsJudith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry as well as two bestselling biographies. Impeccable Regret is the first of her works published by Talonbooks. Fitzgerald passed away in November of 2015.
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