The Given

The Given

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Winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poery Prize
Finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award ""You remember -- what is it you remember? / the feel of home, that moment of coming into your body. . . "
So begins Daphne Marlatt's haunting and multi-layered long poem, which reads with all the urgency and depth of a novel. Set in present-day and 1950s Vancouver, The Given""begins with the news of a mother's death, then opens up to become an intricate tapestry of lives, as Marlatt deftly interweaves the past with the present, replicating the arc of memory itself, while questing for -- and questioning -- the meaning of home and identity. Circling around the narrator's mother -- theatrical, troubled, imprisoned in the small existence of a 1950s housewife, and a persistent presence in the lives of others -- The Given is a ceremony performed for her, and for all "those who have left, who go on burning in us." In luminous, deeply resonant fragments, Marlatt resoundingly answers the drive to live with deep attention in a now that is, for all of us, "tangled in the past."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 12mm | 199.58g
  • Toronto, Canada, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0771054580
  • 9780771054587
  • 1,269,418

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"One of our most powerful postmodern poets, able to say so much quietly, there, or just under the surface. . . . Marlatt is our poet of the heart, documenting movements and missives like no one else can, conveying the painstaking minutiae of process, thought and feeling."""--" Books in Canada"
"The borders between autobiography and fiction are crossed as elegantly as are those between poetry and prose, lyric and documentary. . . ." -- "Brick"
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About Daphne Marlatt

Daphne Marlatt is known for her formally innovative books of poetry, including""Steveston," "Touch to My Tongue," "Salvage, and""This Tremor Love Is. She is also the author of two acclaimed novels, ""Ana Historic""and Taken. In addition to being a teacher and editor of numerous literary publications, including "The Capilano Review" and" Tessera," which she co-founded, she has been writer-in-residence at universities across Canada. She lives in Vancouver.
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19 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 32% (6)
4 53% (10)
3 16% (3)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
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