Strike/slip

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McClelland & Stewart, 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

Contents

Astonished
3
Song of the Saxifrage to the Rock
10
Waiting for Shay
19
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Don McKay is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Strike/Slip. He has won two Governor General’s Awards for Poetry and has been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize, most recently for Camber: Selected Poems, which was a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and he has taught poetry in universities across the country.

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