The Inquisition Yours

The Inquisition Yours

Book - 2010
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Winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
A finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize and the Lambda Literary Award

In her ambitious follow-up to Hagiography , acclaimed poet Jen Currin continues her unique exploration of the surrealist lyric, constructing a strong case that, in these frightening times, it may be the best poetic mode for capturing the complexities of lived experience. In tongues alternately vulnerable, defiant, resigned, and hopeful, The Inquisition Yours speaks to the atrocities of our time - war, environmental destruction, terrorism, cancer, and the erosion of personal rights - fashioning a tenuous bridge between the political and the personal. Trying to make sense of a world where even language is 'a danger,' Currin's poems reject the old storylines in favour of a vigilant awareness, and wonder whatmight happen if we 'change the feared penmanship' and embrace a narrative that empowers everyone.

'Jen Currin writes eloquently; she writes fervently - she writes irony and truth with alarming ease ... Currin's writing is always surprising and often revelatory, punctuated by epiphanies and linguistic acrobatics ... Anyone who wants to write will find this book an absolute joy to read.'

- Geist

'Currin's poetry ... leaves us dazed and amazed at the jumble of words upon the page that fall together like so much confetti in a celebratory parade of language. We are to emerge ... with the sense that we have taken a journey to an exotic land.'

- Prairie Fire Reivew of Books

'Currin updates longstanding surrealist tropes - dreamscapes, disjointed images - with lines that would have been unthinkable to André Breton ... This is a new poetry for a new century.'

- Xtra!

'The pieces are minimalist and sharp, with a dark sense of humour ... Though Currin's surreal style invites multiple interpretations, her vivid imagery and intense storytelling make it easy for the reader to connect with these poems.'

- Shameless Magazine

Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781552452301
Branch Call Number: 819. 1 CUR
Characteristics: 111 p. ; 18 cm.

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