A More Tender Ocean

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Coach House Books, 2000 - Poetry - 81 pages
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Natalee Caple made quite a splash with her first two books, The Heart is its Own Reason, a short-story collection from Insomniac Press, and The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World, a novel from House of Anansi Press.

With A More Tender Ocean Caple turns her hand to poetry, and the results are no less dazzling. The poems were written using a Surrealist technique called automatic writing - a kind of poetic impressionism after speed-reading. The effect is a kind of dreamlike state - everything isn't quite as it should be, as though it had all been seen through the facet of a diamond. The poems are lyrical, erotic, gentle, happy, sad and strangely beautiful.

A More Tender Ocean is unusual but immensely moving and compelling, tender but not maudlin. 'What goes on seems ordinary,' writes Caple. Rest assured, it is not.


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About the author (2000)

Natalee Caple is the author of four books and the co-editor of an anthology of contemporary fiction, The Notebooks: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers. Her debut short story collection, The Heart Is Its Own Reason, captured the attention of The New York Times Book Review and earned high international praise. Her first novel, The Plight of the Happy People in an Ordinary World, has been optioned by Cin-action in Montreal, and her first book of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was nominated for a Gerald Lampert Award. Her latest novel, Mackerel Sky, is a dark, sexy novel about a mother/daughter counterfeiting team in the Upper Laurentians.

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