By Lorna Crozier, Catherine Hunter
Lorna Crozier’s radical mind's eye, and the finely tuned emotional intelligence that's published within the readability of her poetry, have made her considered one of Canada’s most well-liked poets. earlier than the 1st notice: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier is a set of thirty-five of her top poems, chosen and brought via Catherine Hunter, and contains an afterword by means of Crozier herself. Representing her paintings from 1985 to 2002, the gathering unearths the wide variety of Lorna Crozier’s voice in its such a lot lyrical, contemplative, ironic, and witty moments. Hunter’s creation discusses the poet’s significant issues, with specific awareness to her feminist method of biblical delusion and her fascination with absence and silence as websites for resourceful revision. Crozier’s afterword, “See what number Ends This Stick Has: a mirrored image on Poetry,” is a lyrical meditation that offers an inspirational glimpse into the philosophy of a author who prizes the depth of expertise that poetry calls for, and is tantalized through what predates conversing and all that cant be named. an attractive quantity that would entice undergraduate scholars in addition to basic readers of poetry. Lorna Crozier’s paintings has gained many awards, together with the Governor Generals Award in 1992 (for Inventing the Hawk), the 1st prize for poetry within the CBC Literary festival, the Canadian Authors organization Award for Poetry in 1992, a countrywide journal Award in 1995, and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards (1993 and 1996) for the simplest publication of poetry by way of a Canadian lady. She has released fourteen books of poetry, such a lot lately, Whetstone. Born in fast present, Saskatchewan, she now lives in British Columbia, the place she is a unusual Professor on the college of Victoria.
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The grey of morning —smoke from the sun settling on the roofs, the snow, the bare branches of maple trees. Every cell in your body is a mouth, crying to be heard: O Black Cat; O ageless Sailor, where have you gone? O Craven A, first letter of the alphabet, so beautiful to say, O Cameo … The Poetry of Lorna Crozier / 13 The Goldberg Variations Never have I felt so unconnected to everything. Light and its absence. Rain. The cat on the windowsill catching flies. Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations his last time.
They were the first boys you knew who owned a car, who rolled a thin white paper, who talked out of the side of their mouths, cigarettes burning. You watched them fall quick and bright and beautiful off the highest diving boards, you watched them disappear then throw themselves on top of you till you thought you’d drown. The Poetry of Lorna Crozier / 29 Oh, they were cool and mean, but sometimes they treated you with such extravagant tenderness, giving you a rhinestone broach they’d nicked from Woolworth’s, a fuzzy pink angora, giving up their jackets on an autumn night to keep you warm.
Wherever you are reading— on a bus, at home in your favourite chair, in the library— it flips open its coat and flashes. It backs the librarian against the wall, it comes all over the stacks, over A Clockwork Orange, over The Naked and the Dead, over A Golden Treasury of Verse, over Sexus, Nexus and Plexus. This poem won’t stop. Even when you close the book you can hear it making obscene sounds, smacking its lips, completely in love with itself. 16 / Before the First Word Mother and I, Walking Father is gone again, the streets empty.