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In Fish Bones, Gillian Sze takes a random walk through the art museum and finds the drama of life framed in a series precisely rendered and moving artefact poems. Working from Jeanette Winterson's idea of a "constant exchange of emotion" between the artist, the painting, and the writer, Sze's ekphrastic verse is unrelenting in its commitment to action, so that each poem s ...more
Paperback, 65 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by DC Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The Last Time I Saw You


I

When we were close enough
to confuse ourselves,
I mistook your nether region for hands.


II

Someone once wrote,
The earth moved.

Embracing you,
we rocked a boat
and the waves rushed upwards
past our heads,
reached the sky,
turned our hair into water.

And that clear heat -
even seaweed melted away
and found solace
at the edges of our bodies.


III

I wondered,
Can we make it as innocent as we'd like,
and suddenly we were naked,
pulled together by a trick law,
our bodies abiding by this new set of
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Camila Uriona
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Gillian Sze while I was googling my friend Sofia's work and I learned that she made a short film -A Drownful Brilliance of Wings-, based on one of Gillian's poems (Arriving). That was enough. A new path had begun.
I started reading Gillian Sze's poetry in a different order than the one I wanted to follow. So, I haven't started with Fish Bones, her debut collection. The Anatomy of Clay was the first one I got, so it had to be the first one. Redrafting Winter and Peeling Rambutan follo
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Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You can read my review of this book on my website, Black Heart Magazine, here: http://blackheartmagazine.com/2009/06... ...more
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Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A life through poetry is completely described in detail by Gillian Sze. This book can be said as a masterpiece of Poetry. I was really happy that i got this book in goodreads draw.
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GILLIAN SZE is the author of Panicle (ECW Press, 2017), Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press, 2014) and Redrafting Winter (BuschekBooks, 2015), which were shortlisted for the QWF A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of The Anatomy of Clay (ECW Press, 2011) and Fish Bones (DC Books, 2009). Her work has appeared in a number of national and international journals, and ...more

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