Thursday, October 16, 2014 |
In this elegantly crafted collection, Catherine Graham pays tribute to the work of two women poets: the late P.K. Page, who was one of Canada's finest poets and was much lauded during her long career, and Irish writer Dorothy Molloy, who died before her first book was published but whose reputation has grown posthumously. Graham's poems are sparely worded but full of evocative images that vividly convey a wide range of emotion, from passion to grief.
The lilacs have risen to solo in the corner orchestra of greens.
Purple odours permeate the branched alveoli of my lungs.
I slip through the briars, listen to wind shaking the canopy, stand in place till I'm pulled through the port of entry.
I fight. Play possum. But my wit leaks as lilacs rust
from bone ivory. Death seeps. I hold
my breath to tease the light they say is coming...
From Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects by Catherine Graham ©2013. Published by Wolsak & Wynn.