Oyama Pink Shale by Sharon ThesenOyama Pink Shale by Sharon Thesen

Oyama Pink Shale

bySharon Thesen

Paperback | April 30, 2011

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Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award

Governor General's Literary Award finalist Sharon Thesen's Oyama Pink Shale is a sly, self-directed, yet joyously emancipatory work. By animating and voicing various moments and selves -- indebted adult friend to artists, cold documentarian of a haunted sanatorium, engaged contemporary ticking off beauties, among others -- Thesen's poems show the transience of the earthly moment while convincing us of the thread of spirit that links all our lost bits and makes them possible.

There's an uncontainable buoyancy and lift in the lines and quick-shifting frames as they swerve toward the darker, more gravid complexities of contemporary life. Oyama Pink Shale exhibits a love for both the quotidian and the oblique angle, and a singular talent for the music of cumulative wonder.

Sharon Thesen is the author The Good Bacteria, which was a finalist for the Governor General' s Literary Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and the ReLit Award, and seven previous collections of poetry. She received the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her collection A Pair of Scissors and...
Title:Oyama Pink ShaleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.18 inPublished:April 30, 2011Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887842720

ISBN - 13:9780887842726

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Editorial Reviews

". . . clear-eyed . . . stunning . . . [these poems] beg to be tumbled around in the mouth." - Jennifer Still, Winnipeg Free Press

". . . packs quite a punch . . . skilled and moving." - Zoe Whittall, Globe and Mail

"There are many worthy pieces here . . ." - Mark Callanan, Quill and Quire