What the Soul Doesn't Want by Lorna Crozier

What the Soul Doesn't Want

byLorna Crozier

Kobo ebook | April 19, 2017

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In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly, the naming of an eggplant, and a woman who — not unhappily — finds that cockroaches are drawn to her. “God draws a life. And then begins to rub it out / with the eraser on his pencil.” Lorna Crozier draws a world in What the Soul Doesn’t Want, and then beckons us in. Crozier’s signature wit and striking imagery are on display as she stretches her wings and reminds us that we haven’t yet seen all that she can do.

Title:What the Soul Doesn't WantFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 19, 2017Publisher:FreehandLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:198829813X

ISBN - 13:9781988298139


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Miss This Lovely Collection I've taken to reading poetry this summer and Lorna Crozier is a favourite. This collection gathers reflections on aging, the natural world and life in general. A semi-finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, What the Soul Doesn't Want is a wonderful collection. For me Crozier's voice is pure Canadian. As a reader raised on Atwood, Laurence, and Munro, I recognize that feminist Canadian voice on a purely instinctual level. It resonates deep within me, making me pause after a particularly keen note is struck, suck in a deep breath, and scan the poem, soaking it in again and again. As a woman hitting her middle years, I found this collection from Crozier particularly poignant. It delves into bare truths that are easy to bury in daily life. The subtle sense of loss that permeates the aging process saturates her poems and yet is juxtaposed with pieces of whimsy. The cockroach poetry is particularly intriguing. The best poetry blends pure emotion with intellect. Crozier does this well. At times, however, her realism edges towards depression. Yet just as one is tipping into the futility of life, she pulls back and throws in a beautiful portrait from nature, putting one's human existence into perspective and evoking a smile. Lorna Crozier is a favourite. And poetry is worth every penny you spend on it. Don't miss this lovely collection.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 2 “it's not you, it's me” stars Majority of these poems are eccentric and just downright weird! Nonetheless, this book had me intrigued. After I finished reading this collection, I found myself genuinely admiring Ms. Crozier's ability to convey her thoughts in such a unique and abstract manner. Alright, so it's not that I didn't *like* this collection, it's just that I understood these poems--subjectively speaking--but in the end I didn't care about them. The only one that I really enjoyed was Field Studies: The Fly--it was definitely a very unique and impressionable poem.
Date published: 2018-03-02