The Occupied World by Alice MajorThe Occupied World by Alice Major

The Occupied World

byAlice Major

Paperback | September 15, 2006

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In ancient Roman times rituals were performed to sanctify the ground on which new cities were founded. With this invocation, space could then be occupied. In her brilliant new collection, Alice Major's poems concern themselves with human occupation: how we occupy cities; how we occupy ourselves as citizens, workers and thinkers; how we occupy mythologies and metaphors; and how we occupy the passage of our lives. Written largely in a public voice, these poems invoke human preoccupations that resonate through landscapes of time and space.
Alice Major emigrated from Scotland at the age of eight, and grew up in Toronto before coming west to work as a weekly newspaper reporter. She served as the City of Edmonton’s first poet laureate from 2005–2007. A widely-published author, she has won many distinctions. Her most recent book, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science, ...
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Title:The Occupied WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.28 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888644698

ISBN - 13:9780888644695

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"Alice Major's newest collection, The Occupied World, is a vibrant exploration of what is at the heart of a city. Based in Edmonton, where Major lives, The Occupied World moves fluidly between the traditional and the modern. It effortlessly sweeps from Roman rituals for the selecting and naming of a city's birthplace, to downtown encounters with local youths and those living on the street. Major even makes the leap beyond Earth itself, taking a hard look at why we insist on casting our small lives out into space, hoping and dreading the resulting possibility of contact. This is no light read; it's a collection that requires the innate trust of its audience, as it speeds from global view to city-specific in a short few pages. Once immersed in this book, there are no easy answers when Major questions what home really is. I have rarely encountered a current collection where the vox populi is used so brilliantly and to such effect. ... The Occupied World is a collection of incredible luminosity, embracing both the objective and the personal and fashioning from them something quite rare." Jenna Butler, PoetryReviews.ca, September 20, 2008