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77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin: Poems

by Thomas King

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Timely, important, mischievous, powerful: in a word, exceptional Seventy-seven poems intended as a eulogy for what we have squandered, a reprimand for all we have allowed, a suggestion for what might still be salvaged, a poetic quarrel with our intolerant and greedy selves, a reflection on mortality and longing, as well as a long-running conversation with the mythological currents that flow throughout North America.… (more)
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The year 2020 has truly been my Thomas King year. Since June I have read three novels and now this book of poetry. Since this is the year that the COVID-19 pandemic has erupted I'm not sure if this conjunction of reading is because his writing is reflective of the turbulent times or an antidote to them.

The poems in this slim book reflect King's concern about the environment but also his sense of humour. Some of the poems are quite short; others cover two pages. At number 45 the poem reads:
Go back
and read the first
forty-four fragments
again.

I'll wait.
So I did.

I'll be holding onto this book to remind me of 2020. ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 25, 2020 |
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Timely, important, mischievous, powerful: in a word, exceptional Seventy-seven poems intended as a eulogy for what we have squandered, a reprimand for all we have allowed, a suggestion for what might still be salvaged, a poetic quarrel with our intolerant and greedy selves, a reflection on mortality and longing, as well as a long-running conversation with the mythological currents that flow throughout North America.

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