The Average Height of Flight
Praise For The Average Height of Flight…
“There is nothing average about The Average Height of Flight. In her second collection of poetry, Beth Kope uses linguistic precision and carefully considered form to disarm, compel, convince the reader of the urgency of life, while still offering deep meditative space. Forests, trails, creeks, dogs, distance, and of course, birds: in this book Kope spreads her wings and the poetry soars.” — Arleen Paré, author of Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books, 2014) and winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry
“The ‘air has changed’ in Beth Kope’s shadowed woods, where ‘riddles run…on spectral feet’ and ‘small things…pause.’ This creative tension encourages the reader to see ‘the heart-shaped leaf’ as well as note the foreboding ‘change in weather,’ and to follow Chris Maynard’s shape-shifting cover image–where birds (and their shadows) fly free of their own discarded feathers–into the pages of Kope’s poetry, alive with ‘joy-yips.’ Readers will delight in following her dogs through salal and looking skyward for crows as they negotiate ‘the path…forking, which one to the heart.'” — Cornelia Hoogland, author of Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011)
“In these poems, the natural world opens up like a book of knowledge that offers its dust, leaves, moss, clouds, stones, water and stars as evidence of the inner life. Here, the music of an explorer’s mind is alive, enthralled with wandering and wilderness, the storm and the silence and the trails that lead from love to loss and back again.” — Carla Funk, author of Apologetic (Turnstone Press, 2010)
Caitlin Press Inc., 9781927575680, 96pp.
Publication Date: February 15, 2015