That Singing You Hear at the Edges by Sue MacLeodThat Singing You Hear at the Edges by Sue MacLeod

That Singing You Hear at the Edges

bySue MacLeod

Paperback | April 1, 2003

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This is a collection in which the unexpected is commonplace: "the" and "an" attend a 12-step group for co-dependents; the human tongue is exposed as "old amphibian"; and The Angel of You Made this Mess, Lie Down rises from tangled bedsheets. MacLeod works intimately, intricately, with the power of nuance, of detail. The dividing walls of time and place remain intact but approach transparency because of what turns visible — and audible — when we become still enough to hear the singing at the edges.

Rooted in a particular life but looking outward, these poems express a full range of emotion. In the linked section, the gathering up of each wave
before its breaking, a mother, a daughter and a Cape Breton village form a
story that is both personal and archetypal: a blueprint for growing up — for
"learning long/ division" in a vast and changing world.


Two of the poems in this book have won national prizes: Arc's Poem of the
Year award, and Second Prize in the LCP's National Poetry Contest. When the final poem, "Especially for a woman, reading," was broadcast, listeners responded from across the country, asking: where can I get a copy? This book is the reply.

Sue MacLeod was appointed the first Poet Laureate of Halifax in May 2001. Sue lives in Halifax with her daughter, their dog and two cats, and works part-time at the public library. Sue MacLeod's poetry has appeared in many Canadian literary magazines including The Antigonish R...
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Title:That Singing You Hear at the EdgesFormat:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2003Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0921833903

ISBN - 13:9780921833901

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"Sue MacLeod takes the ordinary routines of daily life and shines them to iridescent splendor. Her gift in poetry is to record the details of her life and bridge the gap between herself and all humanity. "Thirteen ways of looking at a clothesline" (shades of Wallace Stevens) gives not simply a line of flapping clothes, but also a sense of time, distance and space. This is a volume of poetry to be savoured, treasured, and reflected upon in the midst of everyday routines. MacLoed’s poetry and memories become an avenue of personal exploration."—Joanna M. Weston, The Danforth review "Love in this book is not a salve, not a spark or a peak, but the overriding condition in which we dwell, always holding within it the tang of separation, the not-quite meeting, the sense of gap for which love is the bridge. Part of this vision is manifest in the many poems invoking images of lost loved ones, whether that be an ex-husband, a mother in her girlhood, a deceased grandmother, or a cousin who wandered off a cliff."—Canadian Literature