The Irrationalist

Paperback | April 3, 2010

bySuzanne Buffam

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The Irrationalist is the acclaimed follow-up to the award-winning poetry collection, Past Imperfect, from one of Canada's best poets. At once whimsical and heartbreaking, these eccentric lyrics investigate the shifting grounds of knowledge while refusing to take any authority -- be it Epictetus, Therese de Lisieux, Nicolaus Copernicus, Ma Yuan, or the fugitive spectre of self, to name only a few of the volume's dramatis personae -- too seriously. Here one inhabits a world on the eve of extinction, in which "astronomers predict a 'Big Rip' in the cosmos resulting in a cold, dark, never-ending end," and yet the darkness is continually illuminated by a pyrotechnics of curiosity, candor, and wit.

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The Irrationalist is the acclaimed follow-up to the award-winning poetry collection, Past Imperfect, from one of Canada's best poets. At once whimsical and heartbreaking, these eccentric lyrics investigate the shifting grounds of knowledge while refusing to take any authority -- be it Epictetus, Therese de Lisieux, Nicolaus Copernicus,...

SUZANNE BUFFAM's first collection of poetry, Past Imperfect, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry and was named a Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail. Her second collection of poetry, The Irrationalist, was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in international anthologies and publications, inclu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.28 inPublished:April 3, 2010Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887849547

ISBN - 13:9780887849541

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"...consistently sharp and engaging...she succeeds admirably." - Quill & Quire"Sarcastic and hopeful, cerebral and evocative..." - Jennifer Still, Winnipeg Free Press"... Buffam's faultless forms ... emerge from a single supple and lively intelligence." - Andre Furlani, Matrix Magazine"Buffam impresses with her wisdom, grace, and generosity: This is warm, engaging poetry and it deserves the broadest possible audience." - Seth Abramson, Huffington Post