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rushes from the river disappointment

rushes from the river disappointment

by stephanie roberts


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"those of us who've seen miracles know how to ask. / if you've asked, do you love me, i almost certainly / don't love you." This meditative, musically attentive collection explores the confounding nature of intimate relationships. stephanie roberts's poetic expression is often irreverent, unapologetic, and infused with humour that can take surprisingly grave turns. rushes from the river disappointment traverses city, country, and fantasy using nature as artery through the emotional landscape. As they wrestle to come to terms with the effects of uncertainty and grief on hope and belief, these diverse field notes are interspersed with the fabulous: a polar bear and owl engage in flirtation, a time traveller appears on a lake, an erotic scene takes place on a train, and we confront "people capable of eating popcorn at the movie of your agony." roberts's language is dense with images and sometimes acrobatic. In poems that affirm love and desire as treasures fought for more than just felt, rushes from the river disappointment turns an unblinking gaze on the failures of courage that distance us from love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780228001676
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 05/21/2020
Series: Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series , #53
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 300,831
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

stephanie roberts is the author of the poetry collection The Melting Potential of Fire. She is Black-Latinx and lives in Quebec.