God of Missed Connections

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Nightwood Editions, 2009 - Poetry - 80 pages
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Written in the near absence of creative works by Ukrainian Canadians of her generation, God of Missed Connections is a breakthrough collection by one of Canada's leading young poets. This book is profound, devastating, and draws on Ukraine's brave and bloody history as a means to explore the author's place in the contemporary world.

"This book explores a century of cultural assimilation in the West, an experience that is not unique to a Ukrainian-Canadian sensibility. In this book, I wanted to capture the sense of what it feels like to not know where you're from, to be looking for connections, and to come up with ghosts. God of Missed Connections is just the way I've gone about sifting through my own cultural detritus. What makes it through time, what doesn't? That's what interests me."
--Elizabeth Bachinsky

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Contents

On the Day We Were Married
15
Hate Working at the Supermarket
22
The Wax Ceremony
30
Goddess of Incongruity
52
Goddess of Chance Encounters
58
Brother My Brother Lets See What You Got
64
Ten Thousand Days
70
Notes
77
Copyright

About the author (2009)

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of five collections of poetry: Curio (BookThug, 2005) Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006), God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009), I Don't Feel So Good (Bookthug, 2012), and, most recently, The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (Nightwood Editions, 2013). Her poetry has been adapted for stage and screen and has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award, The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, and the Governor General's Award for Poetry. She lives in New Westminster, BC.

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