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By Anne Simpson
McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771080517, 93pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

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Description

A stunning new book of poems from the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning author of Loop.
 
A cell is a world within a world within a world. In this remarkable new collection, Anne Simpson finds form and inspiration in the cell – as it divides and multiplies, expanding beyond its borders. As these poems journey from the creation of the world emerging out of chaos to the slow unravelling of a life that is revealed in a poem that twists like a double helix, Simpson illuminates what it means to be alive, here and now. Rich with the muscular craft, vibrant imagery, and exquisite musicality for which her poetry is widely acclaimed, this collection sees Simpson continuing to “negotiate an ever-changing path between language and structure” (Vancouver Sun) – with astonishing results. It is a work of great vision from one of our most compelling poetic voices.




About the Author
Anne Simpson is one of Canadas rising stars. Her story Dreaming Snow won the Journey Prize, and her first novel, Canterbury Beach, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her first poetry collection, Light Falls Through You, won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award; her second, collection, Loop, has just been published. After spending a year as writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, she has returned to her home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.



Praise For Is

Praise for Anne Simpson:
"With the experimentalism of Anne Carson and the imagism of Anne Michaels, Anne Simpson explores the globe of the heart."
— Halifax Chronicle-Herald

"Anne Simpson's voice is instantly recognizable. . . . [She writes] poems of extraordinary range, intelligence and empathy." 
— Jury citation, Pat Lowther Memorial Award

"Simpson turns our attention to the sharp edges of life, and she does it with language that juxtaposes beauty with death, creating internal tension in the poems. Simpson looks at death and loss with an unsentimental eye." 
Canadian Literature

"With its strong lyric voice and simple yet dynamic forms, [Simpson's work] draws you and draws you in. Simpson's intelligent poetic language renders, in three dimensions, images of compelling resonance. . . ." 
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