The Sleeping Life

Paperback | April 22, 2008

byKerry Ryan

not yet rated|write a review
In this debut collection, like birds that Òonly ever fall half-way to sleep,Ó poet Kerry Ryan keeps Òan eye always openÓ to the growing intimacy between the poet and her lover. It is an awareness most apparent in the still hours of the night when small rituals over take the lovers, and their state of grace becomes a lens that magnifies everything with the power of a birdwatchers field binoculars These are poems resplendent with Òthe light that stays on in the back of the mind,Ó casting even the simplest evening gestures with a miraculous glow ÷the small clicks of a lover glasses as he removes them before sleep, a sumptuous embrace indulged without missing a second of the hockey game on TV.Ó The Sleeping Life also abounds with birds ÷great grey, great horned and screech owls, dark eyed juncos, ducks, geese, chimney swifts÷ the poet affectionately noted as Òa blue eyed watcher, also called a small-chested, dark-headed worrier.Ó As passionate about nature as she is about language, Ryan never fails to move the reader with her ability to translate the wonder of wilderness into the amazement that love requires of us, Òwe stop at shoe lake to wait/for the sun to dunk its head÷ a perfect circle snipped out of the sky, portal to an ember-red world.Ó But more than anything else The Sleeping Life is about dreams and while ÷ Leonard Cohen may never sail into her life, the poet writes to her lover in Òjust likeÓ ÒyouÕll never sing my name,/wonÕt make me into a poem./but you kiss me in the dairy aisle/like he would, like itÓs the only item on the list.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$14.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

In this debut collection, like birds that Òonly ever fall half-way to sleep,Ó poet Kerry Ryan keeps Òan eye always openÓ to the growing intimacy between the poet and her lover. It is an awareness most apparent in the still hours of the night when small rituals over take the lovers, and their state of grace becomes a lens that magnifies...

Kerry Ryan lives and writes in Winnipeg. her first collection of poetry,The Sleeping Life, was published by The Muse's Company in 2008 and nominated for the Aqua Landsdowne Prize for Poetry in 2009. She has had poetry published in a number of journals, includingPrairie Fire,Grain, andCarousel. Poems from the manuscriptVs.are forthcomin...

other books by Kerry Ryan

Lonely Planet Discover Germany
Lonely Planet Discover Germany

Kobo ebook|Apr 1 2013

$20.09$25.99list pricesave 22%
Lonely Planet Germany, Austria & Switzerland's Best Trips
Lonely Planet Germany, Austria & Switzerland's Best Tri...

Kobo ebook|Mar 1 2016

$20.09$25.99list pricesave 22%
see all books by Kerry Ryan
Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:April 22, 2008Publisher:J. Gordon Shillingford PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897289294

ISBN - 13:9781897289297

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Sleeping Life

Reviews