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McClelland & Stewart Limited, 2006 - Poetry - 78 pages
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In this extraordinary collection from one of our most celebrated poets, Don McKay walks the strike-slip fault between poetry and landscape, sticks its strange nose into the cold silence of geologic time, meditates on marble, quartz and gneiss, and attends to the songs of ravens and thrushes and to the clamour of the industrialized bush. Behind these poems lies the urge to engage the tectonics of planetary dwelling with the rickety contraption of language, and to register the stress, sheer and strain — but also the astonishment — engendered by that necessary failure.

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User Review  - Jodi - Goodreads

A profound reflection on the relationship between language and nature. Read full review

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User Review  - Clairekelly - Goodreads

It's all in the diction, especially the verbs, which makes sense with the title. A great poetry book. Funny without being glib. Read full review


Song of the Saxifrage to the Rock
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About the author (2006)

Don McKay’s work has received national acclaim and such honours as two Governor General’s Awards for Poetry. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize, most recently for Camber: Selected Poems. He lives in British Columbia.

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