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Title:
East and west / Laura Ritland.
ISBN:
9781550654967
Publication Information:
Montréal, Québec : Signal Editions, [2018]

©2018
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95 pages ; 22 cm
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Poems.
Abstract:
"East and West, Laura Ritland's astonishing debut, is a book of visions. These are roving poems drawn to defamiliarizing points of view, and are exquisitely attentive to the way the world exceeds our senses ("Cloud deduced cloud / after cloud and cloud.") Beckoningly tender, lucid and intelligent, elegaic without being maudlin, East and West explores what Ritland calls the "middle ground" of childhood, family, diaspora, and migration, and how new cultural ideas can disrupt traditional perspectives. "My bedroom window an escape hatch / to endless sights of coastal stars." Ritland takes the measure of herself-"I'm an integer of my own society"-in one of the most distinctive and beautifully turned styles in Canadian poetry."-- Provided by publisher.
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East and West , Laura Ritland's astonishing debut, is a book of visions. These are roving poems drawn to defamiliarizing points of view, and are exquisitely attentive to the way the world exceeds our senses ("Cloud deduced cloud / after cloud and cloud.") Beckoningly tender, lucid and intelligent, elegaic without being maudlin, East and West explores what Ritland calls the "middle ground" of childhood, family, diaspora, and migration, and how new cultural ideas can disrupt traditional perspectives. "My bedroom window an escape hatch / to endless sights of coastal stars." Ritland takes the measure of herself-- "I'm an integer of my own society"--in one of the most distinctive and beautifully turned styles in Canadian poetry.


Author Notes

Laura Ritland's poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, CNQ. The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Malahat Review. A recipient of the 2014 Malahat Far Horizons Award for Poetry7, she currently divides her time between Vancouver and California, where she is a PhD student in English at the University of California, Berkeley.


Table of Contents

N.
Summer Partiesp. 11
First Housesp. 12
Tasksp. 13
Doorknob Talkp. 14
Vincent, in the Dream of Zundertp. 15
Introduction to Mysteryp. 16
Arrival at the New Collegep. 18
Norwayp. 19
Mythological Dinnerp. 20
Fortress of Carep. 22
S.
Interview with the Bodyp. 27
Likep. 28
Your Body is Growingp. 29
Girlhood Storyp. 30
Prayerp. 31
The Age of Fungip. 32
Goose Territoryp. 33
Vestigialp. 34
Interior Monologuep. 35
Art Jobp. 36
Modern Artp. 37
Classical Fantasyp. 38
After Lee Bul's The Secret Sharerp. 39
Hystericsp. 41
E.
East of Errorp. 53
To Marianne Moore's Hatp. 54
Our Latter Day Pigeonsp. 55
Marine Economyp. 59
Nautilusp. 60
Sharkp. 61
Giant Squidp. 62
Jellyfishp. 63
Sea Spiderp. 64
Water Movementp. 65
Ammonitep. 66
Sinfonia Concertantep. 67
Sonnet for Winding Late Clocksp. 68
East and Westp. 69
Flight Materialsp. 70
W.
Aprilp. 77
Thingp. 78
Pacific Spiritp. 79
Songp. 80
Creaturelyp. 81
October Moonp. 82
All Hours Are Presentp. 83
Garden Leavep. 84
Outpostp. 85
Notesp. 93
Acknowledgementsp. 94