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St. Boniface Elegies

St. Boniface Elegies is a poetry collection by Catherine Hunter.

Catherine Hunter

St. Boniface Elegies includes short lyric poems on the themes of domestic life and loss; longer poems that explore the role of the poet within a changing cityscape; and a series of poems that engage with poetic tradition. Hunter plays with poetic forms, including a new invention: the cento sestina. (From Signature Editions)

Catherine Hunter is the author of three poetry collections. She teaches English at the University of Winnipeg.

St. Boniface Elegies is a finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. The winner will be announced on Oct. 29, 2019.

From the book

Poetry Wars

Uptown vs downtown. Borrowers vs thieves.
Metaphysical poets vs poets who don't believe.

20th-century poets vs those from the 21st.
Poets who are drinking, vs those with the terrible thirst.

Poets funded by oil vs poets funded by wheat.
Fish vs lumber. Limestone vs peat.

Slam vs dub vs found vs tone.
Bird vs moon. Skin vs bone.

The left-handed poets vs the right.
Day vs day. Night vs night.

Poets who type vs those who erase.
Capitals vs the lower case.

X vs Y. Brain vs heart.
Academia vs art.

Deep as the ocean, old as the stars,
mysterious, furious poetry wars.


From St. Boniface Elegies by Catherine Hunter ©2019. Published by Signature Editions.

 

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