140 pages, 8.38 × 5.25 × 0.35 in
September 8, 2009
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771008333
ISBN - 13: 9780771008337
Read from the Book
The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,
is the same moment the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.
No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Publisher
Generous, compassionate, disturbing, this is poetry that emanates from the heart of human experience and seeks balance between the luminous realm of memory and the realities of everyday, between darkness and light, the capacity to perpetrate and the strength to forgive. Some poems draw on history, and on myth, both classical and popular. Other, more personal poems concern themselves with love, with the fragility of the natural world, and with death--especially in the elegiac series of meditations on the death of a parent--as they inhabit a contemporary landscape haunted by images of the past.
Morning in the Burned House is infused with breathtaking insight, technical virtuosity, and a clarity of vision that has the force to change the way we look at our lives.
From the Jacket
“Margaret Atwood brings all the violence of mythology into the present world…She is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure.…who pits herself against the ordered, too-clean world like an arsonist.”
–Michael Ondaatje,The Canadian Forum
“Atwood’s poems are short, glistening with terse, bright images, untentative, closing like a vise.…A plain, explicit poetry, perfectly sure of itself.”
–New York Times
“Margaret Atwood writes pieces that invent memory for the reader; the duration and the delicate resonance of her remains in the mind as natural things.”
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
“Margaret Atwood brings all the violence of mythology into the present world…. She is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure...who pits herself against the ordered, too-clean world like an arsonist.” Michael Ondaatje,The Canadian Forum
“Atwood’s poems are short, glistening with terse, bright images, untentative, closing like a vise.… A plain, explicit poetry, perfectly sure of itself.” The New York Times