Small fires /
Kelly Norah Drukker.
|Main Creator:||Drukker, Kelly Norah, 1975- author.|
"The poems in Small Fires trace a series of journeys, real and imagined, and seek to illustrate the stories that lie buried, both in landscapes and in human lives. The collection opens with a section of poems set on Inis Mor, a remote, Irish-speaking island off the west coast of County Galway, where the poet-as-speaker discovers the ways in which remnants of the island's early Christian monastic culture brush up against island life in the 21st century. Also present is a series of poems set in the midi-Pyrenees and in the countryside around Lyon. Linked to the shorter poems in the collection by landscape, theme, and tone is a set of longer, narrative poems that give voice to imagined speakers who are, each in a different way, living on the margins. The first describes a young emigrant woman's crossing from Ireland to Canada in the early 20th century, where she must sacrifice her tie to the land for the uncertain freedom of a journey by sea, while a second depicts the lives of silk workers living under oppressive conditions in Lyon in the 1830s. The collection concludes with a long poem written as a response to American writer Paul Monette's autobiographical work Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir."--
Hugh MacLennan poetry series.
Physical description: vii, 115 pages ; 19 cm.
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