Answer to Blue

A poetry collection by Russell Thornton.

Russell Thornton

In Greek Fire, one of the poems in Russell Thornton''s astonishing new collection, the central image is of fire burning through water: "water is a bridge / for a fire to come into the world." This image also illuminates the driving force that animates the poems in Answer to Blue. The stillness and quiet depth characteristic of Thornton''s poetry are here shot through with an irresistible vitality, a flame of mythic resonance.

The past, both ancient and recent, exerts a gravitational pull throughout the collection, with Greek myths, family histories and biblical passages unearthed and examined, forgotten and returned to, giving way in a cyclical rhythm to the transient presence of young children and the death of a parent. With a clarity that pierces through the mist of daily routine, Thornton gives attention to transitional states, pausing at the often rushed-through moments of change, and also examines the phenomenon of perception itself. (From Harbour Publishing)

Answer to Blue is available in October 2021.

Russell Thornton is a poet from North Vancouver. His collection The Hundred Lives was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies and featured on Vancouver buses as part of B.C.'s Poetry in Transit initiative.

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