A new volume of poetry, Light, by the award-winning Canadian poet Souvankham Thammavongsa, was published in September 2013 by Pedlar Press, with Catharine Nicholsonâ€™s picture â€˜The Viableâ€™ as the design for the front cover. LightÂ contains forty-two poems, just as â€˜The Viableâ€™ shows forty-two acorns.
Souvankham Thammavongsa’s glorious new collectionÂ has won the 2013 CBC Bookie.
“Each Souvankham Thammavongsa poem feels like anÂ event, which makes a new collection akin to a small riot.Â InÂ Light, she doesÂ what only very good poets do: sees the things others miss. This is the work of a poet at the top of her game.” Â â€”Â Kevin Connolly
“Thammavongsaâ€™s range is impressive, and much of the bookâ€™s power lies in its ability to shift gears entirely, moving between spacious meditations that find words sprinkled like ashes across the page (â€œA volcano / is / what happens / when you try / to take / the sun down / from where it isâ€) to moments of concrete and visceral experience, as in the unforgettableÂ At the Farm: â€œI heard a gunshot by the barn and thought nothing of it / We were at a farm / I saw a cow come charging forward with its head half gone.â€ This new collection confirms Thammavongsaâ€™s place as one of the most interesting younger poets at work in the country.” Â – Jared Bland
The publisher of Pedlar Press, Beth Follett, gives a full account of the Thammavongsa-Nicholson connection: Â http://lpg.ca/BB/Light
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One Reply to “Brightness Into Brightness: Thammavongsa’s Light wins the CBC Bookie”
My happiness for Souvankham is so deep. I feel like showering her with flowers and fruit baskets. Silly, isn’t it. Because I’ve always felt like showering her with flowers; for ten years. I don’t need anyone else to confirm for me what I’ve known from the start: she is one of the most interesting poets in the English-speaking world. But in this Way that is now opening, I’d like to find for her a few more devotees.