Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

The Laurier Poetry Series began in 2004 with the appearance of Before the First Word, a volume of Lorna Crozier’s poetry most ably edited by Winnipeg poet Catherine Hunter. Our hope was to bring contemporary Canadian poetry to its readers in a different way—by selecting thirty-five poems from across a poet’s career, and by asking the editor and the poet to write an engaging and accessible introduction and afterword, respectively. Crozier and Hunter set the bar very high....

Biographical Note

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pp. ix-x

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Of Genre, Gender, and Genealogy: The Poetry ofSina Queyras

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pp. xi-xviii

Thus far, twenty-first-century poetics has been preoccupied with two ongoing conversations: the perceived divide between lyric and conceptual writing, and the underrepresentation of women and other nondominant subjects.1 While these two topics may seem epistemologically and ethically separate, they are in fact irrevocably intertwined. Questions of form are, at their root, questions of visibility and recognizability. Will the reader know a poem when she sees it? And will that seeing alter her perception of the world? And how is the form of the poem altered, productively or un-, by the identity politics of its author?...

From “Scrabbling”

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pp. 1-4

From Jersey Fragments

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pp. 5-6

From Dizzy, or, My Mother’s Life as Cindy Sherman

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pp. 7-8

“Roadside Memory #1”

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pp. 9-10

From A river by the moment

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pp. 11-13

“If ”

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p. 14

From On the scent

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pp. 15-20

From Virginia, Vanessa, the strands

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p. 21

From Meanwhile, elsewhere, otherwise

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pp. 22-23

From The Waves, an unmaking

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pp. 24-25

From The Endless Path of the New

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p. 26

From Some Moments from a Land Before the Expressway

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pp. 27-29

From The Endless Hum

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pp. 30-34

Alternating Mourning

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p. 35

“Water, Water Everywhere”

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pp. 36-42

“Dear One”

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p. 43

“Like a Jet”

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pp. 44-47

“The Dead Ones”

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pp. 48-52

Emotion Frame Dimensions

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p. 53

“Sylvia Plath’s Elegy for Sylvia Plath”

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p. 54

“Elegy for a Lost Brother”

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p. 55

“Elegy for the Letter Q as It Appears in The Waves

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p. 56

“Elegy Written in a City Cemetery”

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pp. 57-60

Afterword: “Lyric Conceptualism, A Manifesto inProgress”

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pp. 61-64

Acknowledgements

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pp. 65-67

Books in the Laurier Poetry Series

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pp. 68-69