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True Concessions

byCraig Poile

Paperback | May 15, 2009

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Winner, Archibald Lampman Poetry Award and Ottawa Book Award

These poems chart moments where the beauty of life is glimpsed like a carnival through a crack in a fence. The verse is full of living toys, dressing up, and daylight ghosts. His world is peopled with gods and heroes and inventories the luminous, devastating details of everyday lives. Poile discerns that love is an odd mix of a fairy princess and the monster under the bed. Tracing a firm entry into middle age, Poile favours the expression of a shared experience of the world as opposed to the youthful desire to be unique. He vaults between two worlds: an outer, urban landscape where people raise families, make a living, and get on in the world and an inner terrain of thought and emotion. Metre and rhyme both underscore and undercut Poile's subject matter, and he captivates with texture and sound.

Although his work is informed by tradition, his language is grounded in the quotidian, setting up a fruitful dialog between past and present. There are no rules when it comes to making a poem that sings and shimmers.

Craig Poile grew up in New Brunswick. He earned degrees in journalism and English literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he now lives. He works as a technical writer, has been active as a playwright and theatre producer, and co-owns Collected Works Bookstore. His first book of poetry, First Crack, was shortlisted for the 1...
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Title:True ConcessionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864925301

ISBN - 13:9780864925305

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"Each of these poems urges the spirit to walk with the poetic voice and travel the inroads of pattern and imagery to where it will awaken a stark reality — how well each is conceived — not in a far-reaching language, but in the common voice of everyday. Tempted, for example, has "Noon, and the towers empty in one great flush . . ."True Concessions is Poile"s second book of verse and a strong omen of much good to follow." — Michael O. Nowlan, The Daily Gleaner