Here Is Where We Disembark

Here Is Where We Disembark

Book - 2010
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With her remarkable debut collection, Yukon poet Clea Roberts proffers a perceptive & ecological reading of the Canadian North's past & present.

Roberts deftly draws out the moments that comprise a cycle of seasons, paying as much attention to the natural--the winter moon's second-hand light that pools in the tracks of tree squirrels & loose threads of migrating birds--as she does to the manufactured--the peripheral percussion of J-brakes & half-melted ice lanterns. She also casts her gaze back to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898, raising the voices of those marked by a frenetic race for fortune: a seductive, edgy wolf, a disillusioned photographer, and a pragmatic prostitute, among others.

Here Is Where We Disembark is a beautifully crafted book that ignites the senses, and its presence lingers, like woodsmoke, long after the final page has been turned.

Publisher: Calgary : Freehand Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781551118512
Branch Call Number: 811.54 ROB 2010 22
Characteristics: 100 p


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Jan 17, 2011

An astonishingly mature debut collection. These poems explore what it means to be a current "pioneer" in the Yukon and what it meant during the gold rush in the last 19th century. I liked the more personal poems in the first part best - Roberts's own experience of the Yukon. The poems in this part are nearly flawless in their execution. The poems in the second (historical) part, while still very well-executed, feel a bit forced, like a writing exercise, rather than so beautifully from the heart and soul.

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