Learning Russian

Paperback | January 16, 1998

byDiana Fitzgerald Bryden

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Does the past mean only what we want it to? Can anything at all be learned from a photgraph of a scrap of forgotten language? In Learning Russian, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden asks these and other questions with clear-eyed, compelling honesty, as she examines the seductive lure of the past. Rejecting easy nostalgia, she uncovers the roots of home in the hidden life of cities, in the family ties to the living and the dead, and in language itself through the work of the writers who inspire her. The poems of Learning Russian are haunted and haunting, infused with longing and the certainty of loss, they show what can be recovered, or made new, through poetry.

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Does the past mean only what we want it to? Can anything at all be learned from a photgraph of a scrap of forgotten language? In Learning Russian, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden asks these and other questions with clear-eyed, compelling honesty, as she examines the seductive lure of the past. Rejecting easy nostalgia, she uncovers the roots o...

Essayist, reviewer, columnist, and poet, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden's poetry has appeared in two Insomniac Press anthologies (Beds and Shotguns and The Last Word) and Vintage96, a League of Canadian Poets anthology published by Quarry Press. Her poems have also been published in magazines and journals including Shift, Alphabet City, and T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 0.15 inPublished:January 16, 1998Publisher:Mansfield PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best First Poems This is the best first book of poems that I know has been created in this country. Considering the past and recent talent in Canada's poetic tradition, that is a remarkable ackievement. Diana Bryden's poems combine an obsidian sharp perception and intellect with a metaphorical depth and power that can take your breath away.They have a power and maturity and a balance that is like listening to a great musician who never plays a superfluous phrase. This book is a treasure and like all great books, something you can go back to repeatedly and be enriched and delighted every time.The G.G. for Diana Bryden.
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