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Robinson's Crossing

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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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Matthew
Nov 30, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The photograph;
the past life;
the long lost
black sheep who's become
the shoe that fits.
The ghost town,
a.k.a. the rummage bin,
that old sweet song.
The suitcase; the hotel
room; the surprise
box lunch; the plain
brown wrapper. The umbrella
someone opened in the house.
The alphabet, or perhaps
I mean a river, or a well.
The skeleton in the closet.
The writing on the wall.
The telltale heart.
- Theories of Personal Identity, pg. 18

* * *

Not much has changed
since the electric was put in,
that round-shouldered Frigi
...more
Alyson Hagy
Sep 12, 2010 Alyson Hagy rated it really liked it
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
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I loved all of it, but really, this would get five stars from me based only on "Prairie." That hasp has stayed with me since the first time I read it. Amazing.
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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).
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