Flourish

Flourish

by Jacqueline Turner

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Overview

“Smart, clear-eyed… Turner’s gift is for beautiful concision.” — Georgia Straight on The Ends of the Earth

Jacqueline Turner’s Flourish moves between philosophy, literary criticism, biography, and poetry. Both personal and experimental, her writing becomes transformative as it explores memories of growing up in a small town, parenting a set of adventurous sons, traveling, and reading. At times her poems act like micro essays, at other times they are miniature memoirs or precise manifestos, and throughout the collection’s exploration of contemporary cities and culture, a tense beauty emerges.

Turner takes readers to a park in Berlin set up like a messy living room, to a gallery in Granada where the view from a window beside a famous painting more perfectly frames an ancient stone wall, and to a karaoke room in Tokyo where comedic possibilities merge with spilled drinks. In the end, Flourish celebrates the abundance of words already read, while conveying gratitude for the ones still about to be read. A bold gesture, a green light, a way forward in challenging times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773053943
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 541 KB

About the Author

Jacqueline Turner is the author of The Ends of the Earth (ECW Press 2013). She is a Lecturer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and has held writing residencies in Brisbane, Tasmania, Granada, and Berlin. Her work is published widely in Canada and internationally. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Read an Excerpt

“Avoid the Flourish” — Leonard Cohen, “How to Speak Poetry”


 


it was meant to be simple


we loved it and it was simple


a plain pine box as


hearts broke to cries of hallelujah


 


it was meant to be


simple


it was meant


to be


it was


meant


 


it had meaning


the people agree


as they post versions of Hallelujahs


as others post telling them


they are posting the wrong


Hallelujahs


 


a fight broke out


about who Famous Blue Raincoat


meant more to


nostalgia for a lost love


or whisper singing in bed


as a sign of contemporary intimacy


who soothes your insomnia at ‘4 in the morning/end of December’?


 


it was a gravel voice, a gravelly voice


it was profound and it sang out to the hills


it was always a hymn, it was always an anthem


it went ‘a thousand kisses deep’ or it broke open


‘the crack to let the light in’


 


it was many things


to many people


it was always a dance, always a poem


always thinly veiled fiction


it was beautiful and it was loser-ish


it was mine more than yours


yours more than mine


 


it was trouble for a troubled time


it was humility in the crease of greatness


it was always an epic, an ode


it made you cry every time


it unleashed you, untethered


it made you freer, it let you off


your flight, light, bright


it was always surrender


it was always trying to figure you out


it was always helping you, giving you courage


it was fragments and pieces, it was notions


it was always deep understanding


it was eventually


 


it was soft and you loved it


it was always from a distance


it was always ‘you look good when you’re tired’


always ‘you look like you could go on forever.’

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