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Here Is Where We Disembark

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  6 reviews
With her remarkable debut collection, Yukon poet Clea Roberts proffers a perceptive and ecological reading of the Canadian North's past and present.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by FreeHand Books
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Patrick James
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am really moved by these poems. The best poetry is sometimes inscrutable for its seeming simplicity and like a flower in that it is an instantly memorable image that is at the same time utterly complex and and difficult to reproduce. Roberts' imagery is alternately era-spanning and urgently modern. That urgency is echoed in the rapidly changing setting that produced these splendid flowers, the Yukon. She begins one of her finest from the collection, “Nature of Nature,” with an appropriate degr ...more
Kelsey
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is beautiful poetry... about northerness, about history, about people. Sometimes I don't "get" poetry, but this I want to reread.
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Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2014, canlit
This review was original published in The Navigator newspaper in February of 2014.

In Here Is Where We Disembark, Clea Roberts weaves a single-breathed story of the North on each page. Whether detailing "the dusk / as it slips... / between mountains" of present day Yukon, or "the caribou... / [with their] antlers rocking / silver under the moon" of the Gold Rush, almost every poem and instant within contains a lurking warmth that seeks to expel itself from frigid surroundings. Roberts approaches
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Kate
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadiana
Really beautiful book of poetry about the Yukon. The first part really focuses on the changing seasons and landscape of the Canadian north, and the second part is inspired by the Yukon Gold Rush. I quite enjoyed reading this.
Belinda Kirkwood
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clea captured the magic of The Yukon as well as the character of The Klondike in the latter poems, in such a lyrical way. This book of poetry is a keeper for many future rereads.
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