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Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent | Liz Howard
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A stunning debut book of poems from a bold new voice unafraid to engage with the exigencies of our contemporary world. In Liz Howards wild, scintillating debut, the mechanisms we use to make sense of our worlds even our direct intimate experiences of it come under constant scrutiny and a pressure that feels like love. What Howard can accomplish with language strikes us as electric, a kind of alchemy of perception and catastrophe, fidelity and apocalypse. The waters of Northern Ontario shield country are the toxic origin and an image of potential. A subject, a woman, a consumer, a polluter; an erotic force, a confused brilliance, a very necessary form of urgency all are loosely tethered together and made somehow to resonate with our own devotions and fears; made to be small and dreaming parallel / to ceremony and decay. Liz Howard is what contemporary poetry needs right now. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Lindy
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2016: the first time that a debut collection won the Griffin Poetry Prize, which is the world's most generous poetry award. ($65,000 each for an annual Canadian and international winner.) Howard's work is rooted in activism: cultural, environmental and women's rights. Difficult and powerful #Indigenous #CanLit #poetry.

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Lindy
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the sky a barb of blue warning
everything abdominal and yet to be emptied
in a daffodil chorus of posthumous laughter
this clapboard passport
where Wordsworth is a doll

The unsubstantial structure melts the embryonic / psalms of heaven, all lushly punk and pyrotechnic

[photo: my garden on May 6, 2015]

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Lindy
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I came into being / with Jack pine thieves in the heronry / like Nanabozho I lost / my vision to a covenant / of ducks in vertigo / whipped a birch / to mark my name

#CanLit #Indigenous #poetry

Lindy @DuckOfDoom I thought of you 😊 3y
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Lindy
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There.
Over there.
The sigh almost silenced.

- Steinian Aphasia

[I'm reading poetry while my sister knits. She just sighed with indecision about how to proceed on the hat she's making when I read those lines. We're having a good morning.]

LauraBeth Sweet pic 💕 3y
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silentrequiem I was trying to get a better sense of what she's knitting when I read the caption. Now I want to know what hat! 3y
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Lindy @silentrequiem I don't think she's using a pattern, just going by experience. She's got a book on entrelac that inspired her. Now she's on the road, a 2-hour drive to Olds College, where she's got one more exam tomorrow before graduating from the meat cutting program. 3y
silentrequiem @Lindy I haven't gotten the nerve to try entrelac yet. Maybe one day! 3y
Lindy @silentrequiem I haven't tried it either, but Simone makes it look easy. 3y
Lindy @silentrequiem Simone says she learned from this book that has lots of pictures: 3y
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marita
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Stunning. Hard to believe this is a first book. Accomplished, difficult, gorgeous. If you read poetry, you need to read this.

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marita
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Sunday soccer and I remembered to bring a book this time. Recent winner of the prestigious Griffin Award. Have only heard great things about this one.

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