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This is the first full-length collection of poems by Heather O'Neill, a writer and performer living in Montreal. two eyes are you sleeping is a linked collection of personal and political lyrics, written in a voice that reflects both the rootlessness and violence of the urban landscape and a metaphorical brilliance that transforms the ordinary into the visionary. These are ...more
Paperback, 75 pages
Published November 16th 1998 by DC Books (first published 1998)
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I bought this book of poetry because I loved O'Neill's memoir/novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals. This is quite different, given that it's poetry, but there are overlapping themes, like childhood addiction. Her poetry is full of surprises and lyrical gifts.

Here's the first verse of the first poem in the book:

My daddy finally came to get me
to bring me back to the neighbourhood
when I was twenty years old.
I was lying on the sidewalk of Rene-Levesque
sucking on a broken neon pipe, a fizz of a hea
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Heather O'Neill was born in Montreal and attended McGill University.

She published her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, in 2006. The novel won the Canada Reads competition (2007) and was awarded the Hugh Maclennan Award (2007). It was nominated for eight other awards included the Orange Prize, the Governor General's Award and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. It was an international bes
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