March 25, 2016
The League of Canadian Poets & The University of Regina Press
A refreshing and eclectic mix of deeply personal and formal essays that offer a glimpse into the minds of some of Canada’s most influential poets. Measures of Astonishment shines a northern light on poetry, offering unique perspectives as to what it is, what it does, and why it matters.
This book includes A. F. Moritz’s essay, “A Garden Is Not a Place: Poetry and Beauty,” delivered as the 2013 Anne Szumigalski lecture of the League of Canadian Poets.
It also contains essays, originally Szumigalski lectures, by a who’s who of the country’s literary elite, including Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Anne Carson, George Elliott Clarke, Tim Lilburn and many more.
by A.F. Moritz
Anansi, April 9, 2015
From the Publisher
In Sequence, the reader accompanies the poet step after step and breath after breath through a haunting and mercurial world that shimmers like sun on sand. Alternating moments of spare clarity with deep narrative flashes, the poem wanders the borders of the self, pursuing the eternal moment through imagined landscapes and the lush world waiting outside the writer’s window. This is poetry of intense observation, finely tuned to a pattern that is sustained with breaks and returns, alive with eros and a hunger for Breton’s “convulsive beauty.”
Sequence dazzles as it seeks the great mystery, while remaining fully invested in our life of contingency and time.
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