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Media Coverage and Reviews of The Revolving City

 

“In these fiercely competitive and egotistical times, what a relief when established poets stand alongside and support emerging ones. The poems— passionate, com-passionate and critical at once, investigating, as Meredith Quartermain puts it, “the physical, the historical, the cultural and the linguistic grounds” of the city—are deepened by each poet’s reflection on their own work. Here are the cultural voices of Canada’s today and tomorrow. Listen. You will be hearing more.”

— Kate Braid, author of Turning Left to the Ladies and Rough Grounds Revisited

 

 “Plato said poets are the people least likely to be able to say anything enlightening about the craft. He was a curmudgeon for thinking that, but not entirely wrong, because good poems derive less from the intellect than from the solar plexus, the bone marrow, or what Yeats called “the rag-and-bone shop of the heart.” It’s so hard to write a good poem that poets leap at the chance to talk about what they were trying to achieve, or how it came to pass; and these ruminations are always more personal and often more engaging than the poems themselves. The Revolving City celebrates this wonderful dichotomy and, at times, blessedly defies it.” 

Gary Geddes, author of What Does a House Want? and editor of 20th-Century Poetry and Poetics

   

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