Aphelion978-1-897126-60-8 | 96 Pages April, 2010 Poetry
About this book
Aphelion is about distances, about simultaneously belonging to two countries but being rooted in neither, and the many changing senses of home we carry within us. In her breakthrough collection, emerging poet Jenna Butler fluently explores this rift, sounding out the meaning of home from the perspective of a British-born Canadian. Written in experimental free verse and set off by anti-ghazals, Aphelion reflects these elemental distances through both subject matter and the way it maps out poems physicals on the page.
“Butler writes as an exquisite lover of word and the things of this world. Who has written as newly of the humming edges of things? If ever I have read a new poet, any poet, with greater joy, I can hardly remember.”
“Jenna Butler is an exquisite wordsmith whose poetic lines ring with a resounding clarity. Her ear is finely attuned to language, unerring in cadences and rhythms. Her poems sing “the heart’s estranged melody” and never miss a note. I love her gazhal in The Red Gazhals section where children emerge from berrying “drunk and drowsy as bees/at a floral bacchanal/carrying the season/in the vine ripened tint of their skins”. Aphelion is an impressive book of poems by a sure-handed poet.”
“Butler is exquisite lover of words and the things of this world. Who has written as newly of the humming edges of things? If ever I have read a new poet, any poet, with greater joy I can hardly remember.”