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Orchid Heart Elegies (The Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series) (Paperback)
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Here we stand between one breath / and death asking to be light. What happens when someone we love dies? Orchid Heart Elegies explores the fragmentation of loss. In luminous poems that echo the Duino Elegies, Zoë Landale – like an edgy, modern-day Rilke – takes the reader to a place of amazement. Enquiring into loneliness and the transformative power of a particular bioregion, Landale’s poems use language infused with the consolations of music to enact transformation. Following in the tradition of thousands of years of lyrical poetry, they gently suggest that we can bear our lives, no matter the pain, by means of a sole moment’s solace. Capturing the torn, jagged moments of grief and transforming them into poems of deep consolation and healing, Orchid Heart Elegies will appeal to any reader who has lost someone dear to them.
About the Author
Zoë Landale is an award-winning author and poet. She lives on BC’s Pender Island.
“How is it that language can encompass a loss so large it leaves us speechless? Zoë Landale’s elegies, using the rhythms and rhetoric of Rilke’s Duino Elegies as a springboard, find a way to say the unsayable. For those recovering from such a loss, or witnessing one, Orchid Heart Elegies offers sustenance and solace.” Rhea Tregebov, author of Rue des Rosiers