Hornbooks of Rita K.

Hornbooks of Rita K.

by Robert Kroetsch


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The Hornbooks of Rita K, Robert Kroetsch's first volume of new poetry in more than a decade, is a brilliant collection of mysterious fragments. Where has Rita gone and who is reconstructing her oeuvre? Written with wit and playfulness, Hornbooks is a welcome new work from one of Canada's best writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780888643728
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Publication date: 08/31/1997
Series: Currents in Canadian Literature Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Born in Heisler, Alberta, Robert Kroetsch published his first novel, But We are Exiles in 1965, and his book The Studhorse Man (1969) won the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Throughout his career, he steadily elaborated his indelible mark on Canadian writing with his fiction, non-fiction, poetry, teaching, and scholarship.

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Home is a door that opens inward only.
So how will you get out, stranger? I say
To myself.
Perhaps I was only suggesting, she said, smiling
Mischievously, that words are a lock, not a key.
Then how do you explain, I said, not smiling at all, that
Every time I peek in at your keyhole, I get a shiner?
Who is this? She asked.
Your own Raymond.
I can't place him.
I think he loves you, I said. He's probably hiding
Somewhere in this house.

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George Bowerling

If The Hornbooks of Rita K is a book of poems, then it may be the best book of poems that Robert kroetsch has ever written…It pretends to offer a list, a sequence, a narrative—and does everything it can to subvert all those reassuring codes of order.

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