The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems

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Bloomsbury, 2004 - Poetry - 192 pages
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If Michael Ondaatje’s novels have the compression and power of poetry, his poems read like narratives that have been pared down to their essence. The poems that have been brought together in this electrifying volume are stylish yet endlessly surprising explorations of friendship and passion, family history and personal mythology. Spanning twenty-seven years and representing the best poems from Ondaatje’s hard-to-find earlier collections, 'The Cinnamon Peeler' is a masterpiece of intelligence, wit and an exultant love of language.

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For years, I've adored Ondaatje's fiction, and enjoyed his poetry, albeit to a lesser extent. I've thought, repeatedly, that Ondaatje's fiction is remarkable for his poetic thought and language, while ... Read full review

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The Cinnamon Peeler is a book of poems by Michael Ondaatje, covering a nearly 30-year period of his writing career. The poems contained here are largely pulled from two earlier collections, There’s a ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Michael Ondaatje was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on September 12, 1943. He moved to Canada in 1962 and became a Canadian citizen. He received a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a M.A. from Queen's University, Kingston, and taught English at York University. He has written several volumes of poetry, novels, and other works including There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do, The Dainty Monsters, Rat Jelly, Coming through Slaughter, Running in the Family, In the Skin of a Lion, Anil's Ghost, and The Cat's Table. Ondaatje has won numerous awards including the Canadian Governor General's Award in 1971 for The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and the Booker Prize in Fiction for The English Patient, which was adapted into a film in 1996.

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