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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Excerpt of a Review by Danielle Janess

Working at the knot of settler guilt and regional identity, Laurie Graham explores the creation and maintenance of inherited and local memory in Rove, her book-length long poem debut. Swiftly moving, self-assured, plainspoken, loose, funny, and pressing in its occupations, this is a book you read cover to cover in one sitting. And then you read it again. It’s hard to believe this is a first book, so whole, so wholly realized, this persistent, generations-long tracking of a single family and their place. With sustained attention and a deeply intimate, yet hospitable lyric, Graham takes us in, introduces us to the folks, their Ukrainian-Canadian roots and language,

living on homesteads around Angle Lake and Meadow,

sitting around the table Saturdays before or after the dance,

cigarettes and brown beerbottles …and the ability to laugh.

- See the full review at the link below...

URL: arcpoetry.ca/?p=8101

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