To Speak

April 8, 2010|
To Speak by Michelle Elrick
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In the title poem of her debut collection of poetry, To Speak, Michelle Elrickwrites:
My silence seems inevitable//as if I cannot afford to give anything away.//As if I have given it all already, given it to you/Ó
It is the desire to articulate this ÒsilenceÓ that is the heart ofTo Speak.When the failure of a love affair renders everything irrevocably strange, unutterable, the poet begins a quest in search of the means to be able to ÒspeakÓ again. It is this journey that the reader is invited to become a part of, traveling by poem on a road trip that will take them both through miles and miles of familiar and uncharted terrain.
To Speakbegins with ÒbreadÒ: I grind my grandmotherÕs bones to a powder//mix a little water from the blue glacierÉÓ and ends with the renewal of spring, and a profound connection with nature, ÒOn the branches, tight knots of new leaf begin their slow unraveling//like the loosening of the tongue around a newly repeated name.Ó
In between there is a rare elegance at work.
Seduced by the quiet yet forceful voice of the speaker readers will find themselves entranced by what a word can have bottled up inside of it. The beauty and strength of Michelle ElrickÕs poetry is that it resonates with simplicity and moth-like grace even when it is asking for the world. So when she asks, ÒAre you a kiln? //Are you a can of Krylon?Ó it does seem entirely possible.
Michelle Elrick is a poet and fiction writer from B.C. and Manitoba. Her work has appeared in Event, Canadian Literature, Geez and the Emerge anthology. She is a graduate of The WriterÕs Studio at Simon Fraser University and has read at festivals and events in Vancouver, Winnipeg, London and Belfast. She is currently writing the f...
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Title:To Speak
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:96 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.23 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.23 in
Published:April 8, 2010
Publisher:J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781897289501

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