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Poetry. Erebus, the dark and shadowy outer realm of the Underworld in Greek mythology, becomes a place of transition and becoming in Julia McCarthy's RETURN FROM EREBUS. The poems articulate this darkness with such keen and evocative vision and language that it appears to be made of light; they explore the richness of being, the ephemeral nature of our experience, and its inherent grief, where "jays smash like blue china/flung into the trees/and fly away mending themselves"; and you "hear rain and the river/the sound of water walking on itself again."
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Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto. She spent ten years living in the United States, most notably Alaska and Georgia. She has also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa. Her previous collection of poetry, Stormthrower, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2002. She now resides in Nova Scotia where she works as a freelance writer and editor.Review:
"Like the work of Gwendolyn MacEwen, to whom one of the poems is dedicated, the poems omove through me like water/ and the colour of my life is changed'"--Kath Maclean, Prairie Fire Review of Books
"It is a challenging read at times, but that's because it doesn't assume the reader is incapable of meeting that challenge. And it has some of the best imagery I've read in awhile ... Such a glorious collection of poems!"--Inkslinger, The Over-Decorated Bookcase
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Book Description Brick Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1894078780
Book Description Brick Books, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1894078780