Pigeon

Pigeon

Poems

Book - 2009
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Karen Solie launched to prominence with her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine (2001), finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and winner of many other awards and citations. She continued her upward trajectory with Modern and Normal (2005), and is now considered one of Canada's best poets.

Pigeon is yet another leap forward for this singer of existential bewilderment. These poems are X-rays of our delusions and mistaken perceptions, explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love, and the eros of danger. Once again, Solie shows that her ear is impeccable, her poetic intelligence rare and razor-sharp.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anasi Press ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, c2009.
ISBN: 9780887848230
Characteristics: 100 p. :,port. ;,22 cm.

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wyenotgo
Dec 20, 2017

Poetry being very much a matter of personal taste, I have mixed feelings about this collection. Some of her meandering pieces such as "Pathology of the Senses" leave me completely disengaged. On the other end of the spectrum, she's among the best of contemporary poets at sardonic observation of the society we inhabit. That really comes to the fore in poems such as "Tractor" and "Medicine Hat Calgary One-Way"; the latter is a real gem.

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vickiz
Jun 16, 2010

Karen Solie's poems have a voice that is a potent amalgam of emotions and perspectives. In that voice is the spiritual grit and respect for the natural world of someone raised on a farm. In it, too, is the cynical resilience of someone who has chosen to be an urban dweller, and who manages to celebrate what is harsh and quirky about that environment. It's all tempered with revelatory sensitivity and tenderness, often prompted by chance collisions of those natural and less natural worlds. "Migration" - movingly dedicated to her aunt when Solie read it at the Griffin Poetry Prize readings in Toronto this spring - is a standout. "Pigeon" richly deserves its Griffin Poetry Prize and Pat Lowther Award distinctions. Solie's body of work, while still modest in numbers of collections, constitutes a high watermark in Canadian poetry.

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Jun 16, 2010

Karen Solie launched to prominence with her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine (2001), finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and winner of many other awards and citations. She continued her upward trajectory with Modern and Normal (2005), and is now considered one of Canada's best poets. Pigeon is yet another leap forward for this singer of existential bewilderment. These poems are X-rays of our delusions and mistaken perceptions, explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love, and the eros of danger. Once again, Solie shows that her ear is impeccable, her poetic intelligence rare and razor-sharp.

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