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Restless White Fields

Barbara Langhorst 978-1-879126-79-0 | 96 Pages April, 2012 Accolades!, Poetry

About this book

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• Winner of the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award at the 2013 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

• Winner of the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award at the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards!

such a bullet of fears love’s anaesthetist cried

by her ear as she slept all hope lost

the one clear way to raise the dead

may be to absolve the living

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How do you rebuild a life? In this unsentimental collection of poems, Barbara Langhorst revisits a violent personal tragedy through startling imagery that rends even as it heals. Restless White Fields is unique, unexpected, and impossible to ignore.

Reviews

"Restless White Fields moves from the risk-it-all of the personal to a plenitude of wisdom. Barbara Langhorst takes us on a journey, first into darkness and silence, then back to the reassurances of language itself, or love itself. She makes poetry new."

~ Robert Kroetsch

"[t]his is an exquisitely, daringly written book, full of love and humanity, one that I have no doubt will soon enough find its place in the Canadian canon of poetry."

~ Shawna Lemay, Calm Things

"Langhorst's poems are an enviable expression and exploration of structure and highly mature rhythms, and a book that would be difficult to not see on award shortlists."

~ Rob McLennan

"Langhorst's eyes are adjusted to see all the shades of white, and her restless white fields are a balm to any who have learned to live with the presence of the dead."

~ Shawna Lemay, The Edmonton Journal

"[w]hat impresses most about Restless White Fields is Langhorst's intricate skein of grief's 'entanglements,' and her struggle to make 'contemplation a countermeasure to violence'."

~ Barbara Carey, Toronto Star

"[a] powerful and fascinating text."

~ Kevin McNeilly, Canadian Literature