Invasive Species

Invasive Species

by Claire Caldwell


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Invasive Species is the eagerly awaited debut collection from poet Claire Caldwell. In these poems the calamities of climate change and the dangers of the natural world are juxtaposed against the intimacies of daily life. You will hear the voice of a woman, mauled to death by a bear, asking only to be remembered for her courage. Wildcats invade condominium balconies. A girl learns how natural it feels to hold a shotgun. And in "Osteogenesis," the prize-winning final sequence, you will hear the beautifully entwined stories of a student named M, a medical school cadaver, a pair of young lovers and the body of a blue whale decomposing at the bottom of the sea. Caldwell renders all of these improbable connections in startlingly original verse, alive with compassion and wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894987875
Publisher: Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto. She was the 2013 winner of the Malahat Review's Long Poem Prize, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Maisonneuve/and Prism International. Claire holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

Table of Contents

See Also: Arctic Shrinkage 1

Invasive Species 2

Grizzly Woman 3

La Gamine 8

Last Semester in Cairo 9

A Seamstress Considers the Fourth Dimension 10

Fever of Unknown Origin 11

Neighbourhoods 13

The House with Snakes in its Walls 16

Just Give Me One Thing 17

American Vacation 18

Bear Safety 20

November 25

They Will Take My Island 26

Sebastian and his Father 27

Sebastian in the Back Seat 28

Sebastian's First Death 29

There is Nothing Left of Your Great-Grandfather 31

How to Be a Girl 32

The Firefighter in Training 33

Anna and Nicola 35

Grown-Up Games 40

Cabinet Photographs 41

Sibling Rivalry 44

Airdrie 45

Here is a History 46

The Night Swimmer 47

Osteogenesis 48

Acknowledgements 67

Notes 69

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