Cover image for Quarrels / Eve Joseph.
Quarrels / Eve Joseph.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Vancouver, British Columbia : Anvil Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
85 pages ; 19 cm
General Note:
"These short, condensed prose poems demonstrate that the illogical has a logic of its own, and that the "real is underpinned by the surreal, rather than the other way around.""-- Provided by publisher.
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The acclaimed author of the memoir, In the Slender Margin, turns her focus back to poetry in this amazing and condensed work of prose poetry.The poems in this collection reach for something other than truth, the marvelous. Leaves fall out of coat sleeves, Gandhi swims in Burrard Inlet. The poems are like empty coats from which the inhabitants have recently escaped, leaving behind images as clues to their identity. There are leaps between logics within the poems, and it is in these illogical spaces where everything comes together, like the uplift of the conductor's hand to begin a piece of music where, as Arvo Part put it, the potential of the whole exists.PRAISE FOR EVE JOSEPH'S PREVIOUS WORK:"To Joseph, it makes as much sense for the dead to appear as spirits glowing in midair as for them to be inert and terminated." (The New York Times)"Poet and essayist Joseph (The Startled Heart) serves up luminous, poetic prose in this thoughtful look at dying, grief, burial, and how animals react to loss, among many related topics." (The Publishers Weekly)"In the Slender Margin is intended as an exploration rather than a balm or solace, though it will no doubt be those things for some people. Its resonance comes, rather, from its intelligent open-endedness, its unflinching, simultaneous embrace of death's reality and persistent mystery." (Globe and Mail)"I was haunted by the gentling towards innerness and by the way the poem slowly opens up to the world at large. �White Camellias' is a geography of the moment before the moment passes." (Barry Dempster)"The Startled Heart is a memorable collection that tugs on death's sleeve, sometimes with the innocence of a child, sometimes with the ache of the unforgiving." (Georgia Straight)

Author Notes

Eve Joseph's two books of poetry, The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004) and The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her nonfiction book, In the Slender Margin, was published by HarperCollins in 2014 and won the Hubert Evans award for nonfiction. The book was named one of the Top 100 picks of the year by the Globe and Mail.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The train blew throughp. 15
Now that I livep. 16
The capon explodedp. 17
We met at a birthday partyp. 18
The rain has stoppedp. 19
I rarely leavep. 20
You are floatingp. 21
Where have allp. 22
Stranger to herselfp. 23
My mother wasp. 24
Frogs fell from the skyp. 25
I wait for snowp. 26
Light stutters downp. 27
Another day in paradisep. 28
She began with the ideap. 29
The daughter of ap. 30
Because they saidp. 31
You knock on the doorp. 32
The angel is an argumentp. 33
Every day, fromp. 34
Cockroaches swarmed overp. 35
In grade threep. 36
What do sailorsp. 37
My mother took mep. 38
All sons gop. 39
The caretaker rescuesp. 40
My grandfather lay motionlessp. 41
The name I was givenp. 42
Darkness arrives withoutp. 43
In grade schoolp. 44
I try to followp. 45
People who sufferp. 46
The poet keeps a jarp. 47
All afternoon an elephantp. 48
I'm three, she saidp. 49
From time to timep. 50
Every word he wrotep. 51
A five-year-old asksp. 52
In our basementp. 53
All morning windp. 54
Prometheus is at it againp. 55
Since the stroke, Ip. 56
After the flood, creationp. 57
My neighbour is a magicianp. 58
Part 2 Five members of the monsterp. 61
Child with a toy hand grenadep. 62
Kid in a hooded jacketp. 63
A Jewish giant at homep. 64
The Junior Interstate Ballroomp. 65
Identical twins, Rosellep. 66
The backwards manp. 67
Windblown headlinep. 68
Boy stepping off the curbp. 69
Jack Dracula at a barp. 70
Woman carrying a childp. 71
Girl with a pointy hoodp. 72
Part 3 Bear with mep. 75
Riding homep. 76
At ninety-onep. 77
He'll just slip awayp. 78
Your lungs, those little sacsp. 79
In the living roomp. 80
Floating on a makeshiftp. 81
Gathered at your bedsidep. 82
Like Baudelaire's moonp. 83
The horses, when Ip. 84
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