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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing
ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-163-1
ISBN 10: 0-88971-163-1
6 x 9 - 56 pp
CAD$16.95 • USD$16.95
God on His Haunches
Shortlisted for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
Book DescriptionDiane Tucker writes from experience and "the sustaining power of memory" in this first collection of poems. She writes of falling in love with the wrong person: "For you I ride without a seat belt, willing to be thrown clear at first impact"; her daughter at four months, whose fingertips "are globes of amber salmon roe/ cool smooth/ and salty"; and growing up as an adopted child: "mystery breathes on my bare shoulders/ whispers between my spread-eagled arms:/ you could be anyone in the whole wide world."
Tucker treats her subjects with respect, compassion and a subtle playfulness. Her love of language, humour and poetic consciousness transforms images from everyday life into lyrical, intimate and original works of art, offering the reader fresh insights - with just a touch of magic.