Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar

Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar

by Roo Borson


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A captivating and poignant new collection of poetry from Griffin Poetry Prize winner Roo Borson that probes some of our most important questions.

After Roo Borson's two previous collections — Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Rain; road; an open boat — set the seasons in motion, focusing the poet's mind on time, mortality, transience, and absence, Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar arrives to complete the triptych. From the glittering, classically rendered image to a freighted, lucid, narrative line, Borson's voice can shift and refract while holding true to the momentary facts of the shifting, given world. Her meditations are a kind of fidelity to inquiry, to attachment, to what can't be fully known. Here the distant past collides with the near future, the present opens suddenly into another age, and friendship becomes the measure of time's salience. These poems depict what vanishes, the various modest homes where half-remembered lives all flow toward their common end. Roo Borson has crowned a sustained achievement with a work of startling intimacy and vividness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771012242
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

ROO BORSON has published thirteen previous books of poems, including Rain; road; an open boat and Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of the Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays. With Kim Maltman, she writes and translates collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. She lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Painted Garden 1

Putting a Seal on Speech and an End to Wandering

A Sideways Spring 17

Mothlight 20

One 22

The Varying Hare 24

All 25

Putting a Seal on Speech and an End to Wandering 26

The Horses of North Adelaide 28

Fifty-Eight Ibises 29

Broome 30

Leigh Bellingall, or Spring 32

Address Book 34

Another Dawn 35

Winterlight 37

Meteor-Watching with Cameron 38

Thinking of Thomas Wyatt's "They Flee From Me" 39

Elegy, December 40

Earwig 41

Cricketsong 43

John Thompson 45

The Invention of Autumn, Late September, Canadian Shield 46

And Another Dawn 47

Broome, Not Long Now Until Dusk, Thinking of Li Bai's "Sitting Alone at Jingting Mountain" 48

In April 49

Small Horse 50

Sumac, Weed Path, Lilac 51

Rush 52

Lines Written After Reading Shaw Neilson 54

In Fjord Country 55

November 14, 1974 56

Cedarvale Diary 57

Notes and Acknowledgements 90

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