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In this book the sonnets cascade joyfully over their complex rhyme-scheme, evoking the vivid realities of summer and winter, love and death. As he grows older, David Helwig’s lyric power grows. His title is taken from a poem about walking sandbars on a brilliant summer day, and the whole book is at once luminous and muscular. In 2008, Helwig won a Matt Cohen Award for a lifetime of achievement in poetry and prose. He had already won both the Atlantic Poetry Award and the CBC Poetry Award, and been named poet laureate of Prince Edward Island, where he lives.<_o3a_p>

David Helwig is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and poetry. Born in Toronto, he taught for many years at Queen’s University and now lives in Prince Edward Island. He was a co-founder and for many years the editor of Best Canadian Stories.
Title:THE SWAY OF OTHERWISEFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 27, 2008Publisher:Oberon PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0778013243

ISBN - 13:9780778013242

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DÉDICACE  À Émile David Royer Blowing across the worldthis one day of timesnow and light on snowas the sons of all our fatherscome among uswith the nameless intuitionof our futuresborn into the world of loveand snow and light on snow where the smallest beginningstilt the universe. March 6, 2000  À Pascal Nicholas Royer the arc, the vaultof darkest blue twi-light over saltsea; wise as wise, first flowers open,violet, brownearth, and sudden,profuse; sheen of inlet aglimmerbehind black trees;and now has comeinto all our days— you, from somewhere,nowhere, everywhere May 15, 2004    IN WINTER 1 Observe from the window of the passing traina little cabin among trees in deep snow at sunfall,ancient, disused, standing at a cant but standing stillthough the squared corner-locked logs of white pinehave been wrenched loose by years, gravity, and soonenough the peaked roof will sag, collapse. Wet soil,mould, bugs will do their universalizing work untilthe wood, now grey, frozen, is atomized. And then we travel out of the woods: at the farthest reach of a clearsky, beyond flat distances of snowfields, sunburns; a circle of flame at the south-westhorizon of the afternoon, it hangs therea flare of colour, falling but not yet fallen,at the world’s end in a cloud of scarlet dust.  2 Storm, what you once knew lost, gone mental, ber-serkers abroad, high in the black air, falling,give it up to the tormentor, give—per-plexed, unwieldy, blurred, the screamers calling—ear to it, flinch (what will be lovely, beformed, shapely, awaits) as pitches rise,it penetrates, touch sears, the streaming treebends, snaps, what comes, comes to deny, denies, then is shimmering, curved and drawnin the delicate graph of textures, stillacreage, its pale, luminous length uponlength of arabesque where sightscapes thrillwith tones of white light, white shade, madness gonewhere madness goes, where all will, all will.

Editorial Reviews

“There are wonderful poems here”—<_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Atlantic Books Today.<_o3a_p>

“Helwig uses form to its best advantage.... He knows, also, to break form when required, when the sensory details need to squirm away in sudden, unexpected or energetic ways. This is when The Sway of Otherwise is at its most masterful”—Malahat Review.