Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier

Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier

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Overview

Lorna Crozier’s radical imagination, and the finely tuned emotional intelligence that is revealed in the clarity of her poetry, have made her one of Canada’s most popular poets. Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier is a collection of thirty-five of her best poems, selected and introduced by Catherine Hunter, and includes an afterword by Crozier herself. Representing her work from 1985 to 2002, the collection reveals the wide range of Lorna Crozier’s voice in its most lyrical, contemplative, ironic, and witty moments. Hunter’s introduction discusses the poet’s major themes, with particular attention to her feminist approach to biblical myth and her fascination with absence and silence as sites for imaginative revision. Crozier’s afterword, “See How Many Ends This Stick Has: A Reflection on Poetry,” is a lyrical meditation that provides an inspirational glimpse into the philosophy of a writer who prizes the intensity of awareness that poetry demands, and is tantalized by what predates speaking and all that cant be named. An engaging volume that will appeal to undergraduate students as well as general readers of poetry.

Lorna Crozier’s work has won many awards, including the Governor Generals Award in 1992 (for Inventing the Hawk), the first prize for poetry in the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 1992, a National Magazine Award in 1995, and two Pat Lowther Memorial Awards (1993 and 1996) for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. She has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently, Whetstone. Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, she now lives in British Columbia, where she is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889204898
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 09/21/2005
Series: Laurier Poetry Series
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Lorna Crozier’s work has won many awards, including the Governor Generals Award in 1992 (for Inventing the Hawk), the first prize for poetry in the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 1992, a National Magazine Award in 1995, and two Pat Lowther Memorial Awards (1993 and 1996) for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. She has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently, Whetstone. Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, she now lives in British Columbia, where she is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria.



Catherine Hunter is a poet, novelist, editor of the Muses’ Co. Press, and associate professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. Her most recent work is the novella In the First Early Days of My Death.

Read an Excerpt

What the Snake Brings to the World by Lorna Crozier

Without the snake

there'd be no letter S

No forked tongue and toil,

no pain and no sin. No wonder

the snake's without shoulders.

What could bear such a weight!

The snake's responsible for everything

that slides and hisses, that moves

without feet or legs. The wind for example.

The sea in its long sweeps to shore and out again.

The snake has done some good, then.

Even sin to the ordinary man

brings its pleasures. And without

the letter S traced belly-wise

outside the gates of Eden

we'd have to live

with the singular of everything:

sparrow, ear, heartbeat,

mercy, truth.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier, edited and with an introduction by Catherine Hunter

Foreword | Neil Besner

Biographical Note

Introduction | Catherine Hunter

Still-Life

Poem about Nothing

This Is a Love Poem without Restraint

The Child Who Walks Backwards

Carrots

Onions

Fear of Snakes

Quitting Smoking

The Goldberg Variations

Home Town

Male Thrust

Mother and I, Walking

How to Stop Missing Your Friend Who Died

On the Seventh Day

Living Day by Day

Angel of Bees

Canada Day Parade

The Dark Ages of the Sea

The Red Onion in Skagway, Alberta

The Wild Boys

The Garden at Night

Going Back

Dust

The Kind of Woman

Not the Music

Mrs. Bentley

Watching My Lover

What You Remember Remains

A Kind of Love

Wildflowers

The Origin of the Species

What the Snake Brings to the World

Original Sin: 1. The First Woman

Original Sin: 2. The Fall of Eve

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Afterword: See How Many Ends This Stick Has | Lorna Crozier

Acknowledgements

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