Common Place Ecstasies by Wendy McgrathCommon Place Ecstasies by Wendy Mcgrath

Common Place Ecstasies

byWendy Mcgrath

Paperback | November 16, 2000

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With sublime poetic insight, Wendy McGrath takes us on a tour of everyday objects and events that celebrates what many of us take for granted. A truck-stop diner is obliquely referenced to the subject of Vincent van Gogh's The Night Cafe. A refracted glimpse of a typical suburban couple is transmuted into a modern-day version of a wedding portrait by Jan van Eyck. Old brown boots lined with newspapers sum up the hard life of a construction worker. Tupperware is no ordinary plastic in scattered snapshots from a single day in the life of an outwardly ordinary family.

Wendy McGrath's poetry has been published in CV2, Prism international, NeWest Review, Tessera, Room of One's Own, Orbis, and Grain. Her verse has been broadcast on CBC Radio and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Previously she published Go Van Gogh, a chapbook of her poetry. In 1998 she received the James Patrick Folinsbee ...
Title:Common Place EcstasiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.26 inPublished:November 16, 2000Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888784112

ISBN - 13:9780888784117

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Editorial Reviews

"The poems often seem lit by an Edward Hopper-inspired light…She gives us the idyllic urban scene, then pulls it out from under, as in poems about a child cradling a dead bird, grabbing a knife blade, and swallowing large amounts of 'children’s aspirin sweet and pink.'"—The Edmonton Journal"The works in this collection embrace every day life from a textured, sensual point of view."—The Calgary Straight"Her striking, image-driven lyrics refuse the systemizing conventions of grammatical authority. McGrath’s poetic is an intensely personal, located one, grounded in working-class, domestic life and popular culture."—Canadian Literature "Many of McGrath’s poems are grounded in the family experience and how stories are passed down from generation to generation…McGrath’s poems reveal how things that seem quite ordinary when you’re a child are actually quite extraordinary—and can become interesting metaphors in writing."—Prairie Books Now