- Sue Goyette
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"Boulevard II" by Carol Hoorn Fraser, 1982
e-book:The e-book edition of this title will be available by the end of summer 2013.
Shortlisted for the 2005 Atlantic Poetry Prize, the 2005 Dartmouth Book Award and the 2005 Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry
Undone is a cornucopia of passionate poems arranged into three sections. "Forgotten" has mostly to do with the aftermath of a heart-rending breakup; "Kindred" features poems on fellow artists in poetry, music and painting (ranging from Georgia O'Keeffe to Snoopy, beagle-novelist); in "Apprentice," leaving is transformed into celebration, poem after poem about fierce loving of a world that we will have to leave. In these hard-hitting, highly personal poems, lamentation is a key note. Crushing loneliness weighs heavily on the spirit. But Sue Goyette has ways of sharing pain with a compensating lift: wonderful flights of metaphor, language charged with verbal energy. "Isn't that our job," she asks, "to coax out the light in the story?" It's a job she takes to heart and performs brilliantly.
The poems in Undone have the amplitude proper to "watching wide" - a discipline good for seeing shooting stars and, as this book illustrates, all other kinds of light in a darkness palpable but never enveloping, not when probed so truly and sung so beautifully.
If I had to do it again, I'd place a stethoscope on the heart of us
Sooner. I'd prescribe Neruda, not the despair but the slow blossom of 20 kisses.
Goodbye, goodbye to the slippery duvet of this bed. The cold floor
of awake and how hope can have insomnia, spend the whole night wishing.
Heartbreak is a geological occurrence.
from "A Version of Courage"
Why Should We Read Sue Goyette? - (Introduction for her Saint Mary’s University Reading – Feb. 7, 2012– all quotations from Outskirts or Undone) - prepared by Brian Bartlett. Read it here.
Jazz singer, composer, musician Elise Letourneau performs "Regret and All Her Nightgowns: A Nocturne" based on the poem "Regret and All Her Nightgowns" by Sue Goyette from her poetry collection Undone. Performance at GigSpace Performance Studio in Ottawa on Friday, February 1, 2013.
More Brick Books by Sue Goyette
- Undone by Sue Goyette by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Antigonish Review, issue 141)
- Bookshelf: Atlantic Canadian poetry not as boring as you thought by Alix McLean (McGill Daily, 2006)
- Poetic Education by Glen Downie (Event, Vol. 34, no 1 - summer 2005)
- Undone by Sue Goyette by Eric Barstad (poetryreviews.ca - March 2006)
- Knotting-Off the Aughts: #9, Sue Goyette’s Undone by Jacob McArthur Mooney (Vox Populism, November 9, 2009)
- Undone by Sue Goyette by Angela Hibbs (Matrix vol. 69 (2005))
- Sue Goyette. Undone by Barbara Myers (Arc 54 Summer 2005)
- Sue Goyette, Undone by Jay Ruzesky (The Malahat Review # 149, Winter 2004)
- Why Should We Read Sue Goyette? by Brian Bartlett ((Introduction for her Saint Mary’s University Reading – Feb. 7, 2012– all quotations from Outskirts or Undone))