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.
About the Author
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.
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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,
Table of ContentsTable of Contents for
Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier, edited and with an introduction by Catherine Hunter
Foreword | Neil Besner
Introduction | Catherine Hunter
Poem about Nothing
This Is a Love Poem without Restraint
The Child Who Walks Backwards
Fear of Snakes
The Goldberg Variations
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
The Kind of Woman
Not the Music
Watching My Lover
What You Remember Remains
A Kind of Love
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