Past imperfect: poems

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House of Anansi Press, Sep 22, 2005 - Poetry - 69 pages
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"Rue is a sun-loving plant," observes the quixotic speaker of Past Imperfect. And ruefulness - the interior echo of an imperfect past - haunts the book's protagonist on her travels through a tragicomic world. Whether it be the briefly sunlit ridge of the "Inklings" sequence, the star-covered bench of "In Broad Daylight," or a creaking ship's deck in "Mariner," this collection explores the fugitive natures of home and self, tempering heartbreak with a prismatic wit. These are twilight poems of great intensity, driven by intelligence and grace, tracing the barely knowable contours of a soul-in-progress. Book jacket.

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User Review  - Taylor - Goodreads

I picked this up at random, mostly because I liked the cover. And this is a case where judging a book by its cover was absolutely the right decision. This is one of the greatest collections of poetry ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather June Gibbons - Goodreads

Reading this book makes me want to write poems-- better poems, poems as good as these. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Suzanne Buffam's first book, Past Imperfect, was published in 2005 by House of Anansi Press. She's the recipient of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, and her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Books in Canada, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. She lives in Chicago, and teaches at the University of Chicago.

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