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Song and Spectacle
     

Song and Spectacle

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by Rachel Rose
 

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Song and Spectacle, the third collection by award-winning poet Rachel Rose, is composed of fierce hymns to the particular and universal struggles of birth, passion and loss, and the paradoxical quest for non-attachment in a treacherous, unpredictable and yet deeply beloved world.

Rose delves into the world of myth, using the stories of Daphne and Peneus,

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Song and Spectacle, the third collection by award-winning poet Rachel Rose, is composed of fierce hymns to the particular and universal struggles of birth, passion and loss, and the paradoxical quest for non-attachment in a treacherous, unpredictable and yet deeply beloved world.

Rose delves into the world of myth, using the stories of Daphne and Peneus, Shamhat and Enkidu and Grendel's mother to create new allegories for our times. Her poems also explore the aftereffects of suicide on those left behind, the truths of lesbian motherhood and the exquisite splendour of the natural world. Thus, even as she celebrates the cherry trees that ". . . create a spectacle, tossing their wet confetti/ at the window. A child's hair falls out/ on her pillow. Blood pools under the skin of the sky," she holds always the synchronous reality of beauty and pain, death and birth, love and loss, at the heart of her poetry. This hard-won knowledge makes her world and her words unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550175851
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Rose's work has appeared in various journals including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent poetry collection, Song & Spectacle (Harbour, 2012) won the Audre Lorde Award in the US and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award in Canada. She was the librettist for the opera When the Sun Comes Out, which grapples with fundamentalism and forbidden love. She is the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction, and the recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014-2017.

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Song and Spectacle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Song & Spectacle for months because I just could not barrel through it. Each poem is like a response from the oracle you travel to once a year. You need time to digest it. Or. Each poem is like a gorgeous candy version of a Fabergé egg. Only a barbarian would gobble them down one after the other. This may not be the case for other readers, but it is for me. I have never met Rachel Rose, but I feel that our writer souls have a kinship. I call it being in the same tribe as a particular muse. I hope that we are. We need poets like Rose because we need someone to take banal, everyday topics like "how do you get over a childhood trauma?" and spin them into healing, sinuous gold, as in "Mystery," which begins, "Not what was done to you, girl/but how you survived it" and near the conclusion, allows, "You let what happened once/become a legend, a long time ago." Anyone reading this review might cry out, "How?" but you won't have that question if you ramble through her poems, or if, like me, you take them sparingly, like medicine, or hits of heady rapture. Rose takes on other topics, capturing the mirror-neuroned adrenaline rush of a mob, free of glorification or judgment, just notices it so that we can get closer to understanding it, recognize it, be conscious enough to resist it without disowning it. In a way, that's an ongoing theme of the book, engaging with the disowned so that we can be less unconscious around it. When we are less unconscious around disowned topics, we are more conscious in general--every single sense sings, everything can be seen more gloriously. If you have ever taken a walk through a garden, have had parents, or been a parent, have been sick, or well, or lost, or loved, there is something here for you. When I read Rose's poems, I begin seeing the power of words set as precisely and thoughtfully as gems, with plangent imagery, nuanced timpani. But not in ornate precious metal settings. I see the gems set in strands of seaweed, crooks of moss. She amplifies, and reorients the way I think about everything around me and inside me, and I can only absorb a bit at a time, as I want it to endure.