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Thirsts, denied and indulged, overt and so subtle as to beunnoticeable, have a sometimes unexamined power in our lives. thepassions we hold for one another. The poems in Thirsts descend from language, whether turns of localphrase to turns at the scrabble board. words and frames obliquelyenter and exit the heart from behind convenient foundation hedges.
Paperback, 63 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Invisible Publishing
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Matthew Mousseau
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Pearl Pirie's thirsts, like the yin-yang, denies the reader's thirst, and by denying it makes the reader aware of their thirst - so much the better to indulge it.
a bellybutton learns more of
itself from fingers

than from winking at other
bellybuttons. the real motion

sweats. the feet, the hips,
their releases.
- Learns Itself from Wind, pg. 8


as the jug is made of
clay, made by
the space it contains

the measuring cup
is created by fire
by habits of gesture.

with lines worn away
the knowledge of rates,
flow i
Philip Gordon
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, poetry, canlit
This collection was the winner of the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry--comparing it to 2010's winner by Jake Kennedy, *The Lateral*, I can see the same proclivity for experimentation, but felt a noticeable difference in terms of novelty and innovation itself.

While *The Lateral* was composed of sections, giving each form of poetry a distinct area to experiment, Pirie's collection seemed demarcated purely arbitrarily. Overall, this was a general collection of meditations on a vari
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Pearl Pirie's award-winning collection is stepping out blazing sun that makes you shield your eyes & you feel it immediately on your skin: it feels good, in a way that's direct and diffuse at the same time.

The richness and rhythm of Pirie's language mean you could enjoy the poems on the basis of the language itself, but there are micro-narrative gems abound. I read Thirsts a few years ago (2014? Ah, yes, probably in Dundonald Park in Ottawa) and now, rereading, I think I'd like to write
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Fourth Collection is due out Oct 12, 2020: footlights (Radiant Press)

My third collection, the pet radish, shrunken (book*hug, 2015) won the Lampman Award.

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a 2012 reading from Thirsts, been shed bore and Mammals of Hoarfrost at Poets Live in Paris. Fellow readers with Peter Hughes and Bonny Finbe

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