Head Full of Sun by Carla FunkHead Full of Sun by Carla Funk

Head Full of Sun

byCarla Funk

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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Head Full of Sun celebrates poetry and language's rich spiritual heritage by weaving together the biblical and the personal. Carla Funk uses biblical forms and stories to explore the human condition and give blood and bone to the spiritual. These poems lament, question and sing praise as they wrestle with the divine.

In the main component of this collection, Funk has created an "Alphabet of Psalms" that works to find a song in every corner of Earth's many rooms. These twenty-six poems are modelled after Psalm 119, which uses each letter of the Hebrew alphabet for its twenty-two segments. In another section, Funk pulls the lives of biblical women from the background, giving them the opportunity to articulate the untold portion of the story. And finally, she takes on Revelations, a book that inspired sermons that terrified her as a child but which she has come to appreciate as a "richly poetic book with imagery to envy."

From Eve in Eden to the apocalyptic imagery of Revelations, Funk translates theology into a convincing and down-to-earth human tongue, pushing through the veil for an intimate look at God.
Carla Funk grew up in Vanderhoof, in the central interior of BC. She completed her BFA in writing and her MA in English Literature at the University of Victoria, where she currently teaches. Her first poetry collection, Blessing the Bones into Light (Coteau) appeared in 1999 and her poems have also been featured in the anthologies Brea...
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Title:Head Full of SunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889711852

ISBN - 13:9780889711853

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CA"Her writing is achingly lovely. Her images are unexpected windows to tenderness and terror, and her ear is blessed with perfect pitch."-George Sipos, Connections Magazine"...the internal rhyme, the phonic weave of Funk's words wrap these lines around themselves, sounds echo, resonate as if in that hollow palace... Funk's writing is sensual and rich, tactile."-Marnie Parsons, University of Toronto Quarterly"Most memorable [from the bestselling anthology Hammer & Tongs] is Carla Funk's series of Solomon's Wives poems which creates a Middle-Eastern world replete with sensory and sensual details."-Ibi Kaslik, Danforth Review