Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-vii

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, poetry in Canada—writing and publishing it, reading and thinking about it—finds itself in a strangely conflicted place. We have many strong poets continuing to produce exciting new work, and there is still a small audience for poetry; but increasingly, poetry is becoming a vulnerable art, for reasons that don’t need to be rehearsed...

Biographical Note

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pp. viii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xviii

Lorna Crozier’s work enjoys a popularity among the general public that’s rare for poetry in Canada. Valued for its “clarity and accessibility” (Hillis 15), it has been praised because, as Crozier puts it, “the ordinary person can read my work and understand it” (qtd. in Carey 16). Her books are also highly respected by her fellow poets, and have won numerous honours, including the Governor General’s Award for Inventing the Hawk...

Still-Life

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pp. 1-1

Poem about Nothing

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pp. 2-4

This Is a Love Poem without Restraint

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pp. 5-7

The Child Who Walks Backwards

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pp. 8-8

Carrots

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pp. 9-9

Onions

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pp. 10-10

Fear of Snakes

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pp. 11-11

Quitting Smoking

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pp. 12-13

The Goldberg Variations

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pp. 14-14

Home Town

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pp. 15-15

Male Thrust

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pp. 16-16

Mother and I, Walking

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pp. 17-17

How to Stop Missing Your Friend Who Died

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pp. 18-18

On the Seventh Day

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pp. 19-20

Living Day by Day

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pp. 21-21

Angel of Bees

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pp. 22-22

Canada Day Parade

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pp. 23-24

The Dark Ages of the Sea

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pp. 25-26

The Red Onion in Skagway, Alaska

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pp. 27-28

The Wild Boys

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pp. 29-31

The Garden at Night

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pp. 32-32

Going Back

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pp. 33-33

Dust

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pp. 34-34

The Kind of Woman

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pp. 35-36

Not the Music

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pp. 37-37

Mrs. Bentley

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pp. 38-38

Packing for the Future: Instructions

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pp. 39-40

Watching My Lover

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pp. 41-42

What You Remember Remains

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pp. 43-43

A Kind of Love

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pp. 44-45

Wildflowers

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pp. 46-46

The Origin of the Species

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pp. 47-48

What the Snake Brings to the World

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pp. 49-49

Original Sin

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pp. 50-52

The Sacrifice of Isaac

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pp. 53-54

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Afterword: See How Many Ends This Stick Has

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pp. 55-60

In Wales, a country famous for its singers, my maternal grandfather must have been a good one. As a young man, before he immigrated to a farm in Saskatchewan, he sang for his first beer of the day in one of the local pubs. Perhaps he wasn’t melodious enough to get a second, a third, or a fourth. Those were provided by his horse...

Acknowledgements

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pp. 61-62