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Cloud Physics

Cloud Physics

Paperback : 9780889774612, 64 pages, April 2017

Table of contents

Cloud Physics
Epilogue
The Planets Are Moving In
Birthday
Nostalgia
Dissolving Syllables
We Woke  to a New Century

Ad Libitum
Lath and Plaster
Empty Nest
To Get a Word In
A Son's Story
Scarlet Tanager
Beatitude for the Rainy Season
Notice on the Door
Three Poems of Drought
   - Old Sunflowers
   - Wildfires Burn on the Mainland
   - Homeland

Vermeer Effect
Loaves and Fishes
Piano Practice
Yellow Blooms
White Flag
Travellers
East Sooke
Solstice
Pileated Woodpeckers
Gaze
Lekwungen Horizon
People of the Suburbs, Sleep

Twelve Months

Smoke
Slow Time
Distinctions of Mist
Witness
Recitative
Its Own Beauty

Acknowledgements

 

Description

In her third collection of poetry, Karen Enns ranges over endings of many kinds: cultural, ecological, and personal. But the poems are also replete with affirmations of love, of music and Language, and of our rootedness in place and history. Enns describes our predicament with startling and surreal precision, yet also with tenderness and compassion. Her work is unusually wise in the ways of innocence as well as grief.

A former pianist, Karen Enns is now a writer and teacher. Her first book, That Other Beauty, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, and her second, Ordinary Hours, was shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

"The poems in Cloud Physics need to be listened to as much as read. These are poems informed by music as well as by Language. Bells, wind chimes, waves, whispers, medieval chants and orbital winds are part of an untethered longing. There is a sense, in this book, of something loosed--of a fine mind taking in the world and giving back to us something we didn't know we knew." - Eve Joseph, author of In the Slender Margin