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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
Daphne Marlatt’s latest book of poems is a memory book—an album of love poems spanning twenty-five years, from her first writing of what was to become the opening section, “A Lost Book,” to later, most recent sequences.
These are love poems in the sense that in the meeting of our minds and bodies, we are actually tied to the earth, and how, with its turns and tremors, the world displays us, its lovers, dispassionately in all our tenuous and fleeting splendour: in the pull of desire, the ecstasy of union, the angst of loss and identity, the deterioration of recognition and affection.
A studied master of her craft, Marlatt weaves her motifs of departures and arrivals, the recurrence of wounds and loss, and the delight in what surrounds us and how we are drawn to reconnect with it time and again in an astonishing variety of notation, ranging from the prose poem to the spare image afloat on the glaring sea of the page.
ISBN 13: 9780889224506 | ISBN 10: 889224501
6 W x 9 H x 0.35 D inches | 112 pages
$17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
QUOTES OF NOTE
"Marlatt’s tone is quiet but confident, questioning, dissonant, dissident, full of oppositions: detached yet passionate, tender but unsentimental, vulnerable but aloof. And while feminist, intellectual undertones are never far from the surface, there is a playfulness and a sensuality present in many of the poems."
– The Gig
“This collection is skillfully woven together.”
– Amerasia Review
"An intelligent approach to the personal and the poetic."
Finalist for the 2002 BC Book Prize: Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
About the ContributorsDaphne Marlatt
Daphne Marlatt was at the centre of the West Coast poetry movement of the 1960s, studying at UBC and with many of Donald Allen’s New American Poets, most notably Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan. Her writing includes prose narratives on the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver and of Steveston and several poetry books. In early 2006, she was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to Canadian culture.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.