Why do I love this book? … Let me count the ways.
I’m hooked first of all by Dragland’s honesty. When he moved to Newfoundland, he says, he brought an ignorance as big as all outdoors. And I relish his openness, his patient noodling as he explores the artistic riches of his new home – while not ignoring its legacy of pride, shame, defiance. Finally, when he hunkers down with specific books, I’m riveted by what he finds: the sheer quality of the Newfoundland flowering. Stan Dragland is our finest reader/critic, and Strangers and Others celebrates work that can stand with notable achievements from anywhere.
What’s not to love?
Maureen Hynes writes like a painter paints — with a vivid sensuality, attuned to the eye as well as the ear. She is a poet curious about the use of things. Roaming through faith traditions, through Andalucian streets, she chronicles things lost — letters unsent, pianos no longer played, the body injured — and gestures toward recovery, if not in fact, then in poetry. A wise and humanistic scholar, she studies the flaw inherent in the materials, be they stone or wool or flesh, that makes them what they are, and through this lens, illuminates the absurdity of human hubris. . .[T]hese gorgeous poems, lush as van Gogh, detailed as the Dutch masters, offer up their own rich and nuanced redemption.
— Rachel Rose
Poems by Brenda Leifso
What happens when the feminine — used, tortured, abused, neglected, extinguished — finds its voice in anger? Brenda Leifso’s poems unflinchingly articulate the bare, post-elegiac music of negative epiphany, the place past benevolence and wishful thinking where “the heart is a chisel.” At once mythic threnody and anthem for doomed earth, Barren the Fury provides a lyric equivalent to such works of dire portent as James Lovelock’s Revenge of Gaia.Can there be any consolation amid such extinctions? If there is, Leifso’s uncompromising work suggests, it derives from the insightful voicing of atrocity and discernment of its mythic shape, and not in such polite delusions as “sustainable development.” – Don McKay
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Pedlar Press publishes innovative, contemporary Canadian fiction & poetry, the occasional literary nonfiction title, works that preserve and extend the literary tradition that values experimentation in style & form. Writers include Sara Tilley, Robert Mellin, Maureen Hynes, Brenda Leifso, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Ken Sparling, Martha Baillie, Kate Cayley, Stan Dragland, Emily McGiffin, Sonja Greckol, nathan dueck, Jan Zwicky, Phil Hall, Anne Fleming, Ronna Bloom, Yoko’s Dogs, Jane Munro, Jacob Wren, Aga Maksimowska, Maureen Harris. . .
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The publisher wishes to acknowledge financial support received from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Newfoundland and Labrador Publishers Assistance Program.