CorkedFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889228528 | Paperback

96 pages | Pub. Date: 20130415
9 W × 5.5 H × .25 D inches
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
Rights: WORLD

Catriona Strang expertly “fabricates her own reality” in poems that explore the female condition and respond to Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. In a powerful and rare display of poetic ingenuity, Strang situates classical themes of existentialism, memory, time, and the role of women in two clarifying contexts: the metaphorical mailbox of Proust and the speaker’s own body, as understood in geographical and geological terms.

we need
not gulf

nor gist-pierce
our place

whatever grip
or drib
we might
or mean

Dear Proust, / You’ve been dawning on me. Gradually, by the charm of all your explanations, our lives have come to be ­constituted through art. We have made several realities, far beyond the reach of terrible conservative eyes, which grow greater, or are illuminated. Consequence really lives thus, I mean all the time.

“... a miraculous book that is a poetic, political and affective constellation that recalibrates how a poem might work today as a representation of a moment that is both precarious and self-assured, contradictory and confident..” – Jeff Derksen

By Catriona Strang

A founding member of the Institute for Domestic Research, and former member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, Catriona Strang is the author of Low Fancy, Corked, and Reveries of a Solitary Biker, and co-author with the late Nancy Shaw of Busted, Cold Trip, and Light Sweet Crude. She frequently collaborates with composer Jacqueline Leggatt. She lives in Vancouver with her two kids.

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