Lemon Hound

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Coach House Books, 2006 - Poetry - 109 pages
2 Reviews
2007 Winner of the Pat Lowther Award and a Lambda Literary Award
If you open your mouth, ache. If you don't open your mouth, swelter. If you open your mouth but hold your breath, ether. If you look for colour, coral and tea leaves. If you follow the moon, wet and concrete. If you cling to the earth, pistol and candy apple. If yougive up your garden, maze and globe, hydrangeas and moon vines. If you lose your shoes, pumice and strain. If you have no money, tin and clang.
As meditative practices focus on the axis of breath, these poems focus on the moment of action, of thought, on the flux of speech. This is a poetry not of snapshots or collages but of long-exposed captures of the not-so-still lives ofwomen. One sequence imagines Virginia Woolf's childhood; another unmakes her novel The Waves by attempting to untangle its six overlapping narratives. Yet another, 'On the Scent,' makes us flâneurs through the lives of a series of contemporary women, while 'The River Is All Thumbs' uses a palette of vibrant repetition to 'paint' a landscape. Queyras's language - astute, insistent, languorous - repeats and echoes until it becomes hypnotic, chimerical, almost halluncinatory in its reflexivity. How lyrical can prose poetry be? How closely can it mimic painting? Sculpture? Film? How do we make a moment firm? These 'postmodern,' 'postfeminist' poems pulse between prose and poetry: the line, the line, they seem to ask, must it ever end? 'Laced with Virginia Woolf-inspired content, Queyras cultivates a rhythm that rocks the reader through a frontier map of the twenty-first century woman ... Lemon Hound 's unique rhythms provide immediate gratification while its layered substance affords greater fulfillment with each reading.' - Verse
  

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User Review  - bob - Goodreads

The language is electric. I opened the book at random and read the poems that way. This collection shouts quietly and with verve. Read full review

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very fine wave of Waves Read full review

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Contents

A RIVER BY THE MOMENT
11
ON THE SCENT
23
VIRGINIA VANESSA THE STRANDS
47
MEANWHILE ELSEWHERE OTHERWISE
57
STILL AND OTHERWISE
69
THE WAVES AN UNMAKING
89
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About the author (2006)

Sina Queyras's latest collection of poetry, Expressway, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and won Gold at the National Magazine Awards. Her previous collection Lemon Hound won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she now resides.

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