news | Monday November 16, 2015

Two reviews of Morse’s Prairie Harbour

Prairie Harbour, the latest collection of poetry by Garry Thomas Morse, is beginning to make sparks. Two reviews have been published in the last week, and both are worthy companions to the book.

Sarah Dowling, writing (really more of an essay than a review) for the Cordite Poetry Review, calls the book (or Morse himself?) “a complex contrarian of occasion.” The whole essay/review is worth a read, and Dowling concludes,

Of course, one of the best-known difficulties of the long poem is how to end it, and I think that Morse’s provision of a safe and quiet harbor for the mind is especially apt. With his intense examination of what the prairie harbors – including much ugliness and substantial racism – some shelter is needed, especially if the mind is expected to go on producing, or to go on at all. … His use of collage and deep engagement with place are clearly indebted to second-wave modernist poetics, and like many second-wave modernist works, they do much to complicate and enliven the place they represent. … Even as Prairie Harbour concludes, it demonstrates that there is enough drama in suburbia’s little boxes to keep us all going for a good, long while.

The blog Eclectic Ruckus published a review last week that calls Prairie Harbour “a whoppingly huge act of synthetic imagination,” and

an exciting example of the modernist (& post-) collage long poem. … What Morse has done in both his earlier Discovery Passages & Prairie Harbour is to radically complicate both the representations of & his readers’ responses to that history while also offering a fascinating reading experience to any willing to give these poems a go. … Prairie Harbour offers readers an engagement they will not soon forget.

Prairie Harbour is available for $18.95.

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