How to Dance in this Rarefied Air
Rienzi Crusz is widely published, and respected and loved for his unabashedly romantic and finely crafted poetry, though always existing below the mainstream radar. How to Dance in this Rarefied Air offers select and new poems setting out his journey as a poet writing in Canada since the 1970s. It offers a poetics fashioned to meet the demands of writing on the cusp between two worlds, hence the songs of exile, the idioms of defiance and survival, a poetry fashioned to meet the existential concerns of the immigrant encounter.
But Crusz has gone beyond the theme of mere displacement, by confronting themes such as love, politics, nature, God and poetics itself. And always there remains the self-conscious, bordering on the postmodern, and, above all, a delightful irony. Introduced by Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto. (From Mawenzi House Publishers)