Morning In The Burned House by Margaret Atwood

Morning In The Burned House

byMargaret Atwood

Paperback | September 8, 2009

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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.

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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 ...
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Title:Morning In The Burned HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 8.38 × 5.25 × 0.35 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771008333

ISBN - 13:9780771008337

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THE MOMENTThe moment when, after many yearsof hard work and a long voyageyou 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 unloosetheir soft arms from around you,the birds take back their language,the cliffs fissure and collapse,the air moves back from you like a waveand you can’t breathe.SNo, they whisper. You own nothing.You were a visitor, time after timeclimbing 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.

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“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