As If by E.D. BlodgettAs If by E.D. Blodgett

As If

byE.D. Blodgett

Paperback | January 13, 2014

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as if there could be no other memory a tree invisible remembering itself In as if, E.D. Blodgett takes readers on journeys of contemplation in which he re-imagines the lyric form. Each line leaves the reader breathless as it runs into the next to form a continuous cycle, a continued breath. The delicate syntax of each piece pushes one forward, ever forward. The poems are Dantesque, leading the traveller through a deeper, darker world. As a collection, as if constitutes an ars poetica of Blodgett's Apostrophes series. The poems explore the elements that make up the series-strict metrical patterns, the possibilities of breath, the endlessness and seamlessness of the spoken word, the incantation.
E.D. Blodgett has published numerous books of poetry as well as diverse criticism and literary translations. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He has won the Governor General's Award twice, for poetry and translation. From 2007 to 2009 he was Edmonton's Poet Laure...
Title:As IfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 5.26 × 0.28 inPublished:January 13, 2014Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888647271

ISBN - 13:9780888647276

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Editorial Reviews

"Blodgett’s latest book in his Apostrophes series is two books in one. Both are contemplations of wisdom and identity. The first is a book of poetry—words laid down in measure, printed on paper. Its words are made of artful language.... The second book is an energy field, conjured by a reader reading that first book. Its words are not human language but the ghosts of the earth, conjured by human speech.... Blodgett’s consciousness is fluid here. His world moves between book, reader, memory, and earth with the surety of dream.... It is a bold undertaking, this business of bridging a half-century of Canadian poetry. Blodgett does it by making each physical word leave the book of words and enter the mind through the book of energies." [Full review at] - Harold Rhenisch - Arc Poetry - 20141001