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by Jan Zwicky
Poetry. The poems in this book arise from Robinson's Crossing--the place where the railway ends and European settlers arriving in northern Alberta had to cross the Pembina River and advance by wagon or on foot. How have we crossed into this country, with what violence and what blind love? ROBINSON'S CROSSING enacts the pause at the frontier, where we reflect on the realiti ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published August 4th 2004 by Brick Books
(first published August 2004)
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This is my first encountery with Zwicky's poetry. I truly enjoyed this book. I found the "History" sequence (which is scattered through the book) powerful, and I much admire Zwicky's use of music as a platform for those poems. I also found Zwicky's evocations of landscape and family history to be very moving. I was reminded of poetry by Kate Northrop--how the empty spaces of a family's past (abandoned houses, lakes and rivers from a childhood)can be thought of as both haunting and transformative ...more
Jan Zwicky’s books of poetry include Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General’s Award, Robinson’s Crossing, which won the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and, most recently Forge, which was short-listed for the Griffin Prize. Her books of philosophy include Wisdom & Metaphor, Lyric Philosophy, and Alkibiades’ Love (forthcoming 2015).More about Jan Zwicky...