- Sue Goyette
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The cover image is a painting by Laura Dawe.
e-book:The e-book edition of this title will be available by the end of summer 2013.
Winner of the 2012 Pat Lowther Memorial Award
Winner of the 2012 Atlantic Poetry Prize
A powerful diptych juxtaposing our rootedness in family love with a report from the precipice of planetary disintegration.
Sue Goyette’s outskirts is a tour de force. Its originality lies in Goyette’s refusal of despair, her conviction that the connections among people, their conversation, curiosity, empathy and awe, can help us see a way forward. Her aim is to find energy in human love, a way to walk the darkness rather than hide from it. This book will name you, and frighten you; make you laugh, and arm you for what is to come.
…Leave the gossip to the rivers. Photographs will be buried at the base of diseased trees. All eyes are distractible, smiles are especially alluring. The sump-pump
can't get rid of the water and god, I am told, is a canoe-shaped hole in all of us. Books, those old grandmothers, are losing their teeth. Stay focused. Those aren't stars, they're
flashlights. Add, don't divide. Love best those who have forgotten how. There are no favorites in this dark. Now scatter.
-- from “Resist”
“One of the best poets writing today in Canada, Susan Goyette proves herself at the height of her powers in outskirts. In these magnificent multi-part poems, she fuses genealogical time with geological time and revels in paradoxes. Ranging from the dynamics of families, to bad guests at dinner parties, to lovers and loved ones, and on to deeply moving and terrifying images of erosion and clear cutting, Goyette harnesses the expected to the absurd. As she creates synapses from the personal to the global, Canada itself becomes a character with a voice. With its zesty wordplay and its wrenching of the “eco” from the “logical,” outskirts is both a book and a reckoning. Goyette is candid, clairvoyant, and rescuing in her vision.” – Molly Peacock
“These poems are all about people – the quick-winged emotions passing between people, love’s claws, love’s rock slides, the heart’s narrow escapes. Goyette peels back the surface of the familiar human world to reveal the forest-world mysteries, the shape shifting, the glories and agonies truly at play there. Domestic and shamanic, these open-hearted poems are filled with the lift of discovery and insight. They stir up language, kindle emotion and appetite.” – John Steffler
Susan, a lesson in awesomeness (part 8) - Sarah Tsiang interviews Sue Goyette at Open Book: Toronto
Pat Lowther Memorial Award: The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $1,000 prize. 2012 Jury: Katherine Bitney, Sarah Klassen, Nela Rio - The winner is outskirts by Sue Goyette (Brick Books)
Judges’ Comments: Sue Goyette’s poems are immediately inviting. She brings to her work a confident voice, fresh conversational language, energetic narrative style and a sure rhythms. Her unflinching attention to both the fraught territory of family life and the wider realm of the natural world garners material rich in tension and vitality. The resulting poems do not harangue, but speak with conviction, intelligence and a compassion so genuine the reader feels awed and implicated. Soaring above the details of description, narrative and imagery, these poems consistently demonstrate the clarity and wisdom of the poet’s vision and her mature craftsmanship.
Bio: Sue Goyette has published two books of poems, The True Names of Birds (Brick Books) and Undone (Brick Books), and has been nominated for the Governor General’s award, the Pat Lowther Award, the Plantos/Acron Award for Poetry and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her novel, Lures (HarperCollins), was short-listed for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. She also participates in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Mentorship and Writers in Schools programs and has taught at Sage Hill, the Banff Centre Wired Writing Studio and the Blue Heron Workshop.
get out of the way of writing the poem – new interview of Sue Goyette by Joanne Merriam – April 15, 2012 here.
Prairie Fire contest winners - Sue Goyette wins first prize in the 2011 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award for a sequence titled "fashion". - This winning entry will appear in the summer 2012 issue of Prairie Fire.
Interesting interview with Sue Goyette at Salty Ink (February 7, 2012). Read it here .
ABT's Proust Questionnaire with Sue Goyette - from Atlantic Books Today, fall 2011 here
Words of Wisdom - Advice All Writers Should Take - from Atlantic Books Today, fall 2011 here
Poet Sue Goyette on good editors and tofu - Poet, novelist and past CBC Literary Award winner Sue Goyette explains why a good poetry editor needs to soak up the flavour of what's around her. Here's the full article.
Sue Goyette’s “The New Mothers” awarded 2010 Earle Birney Poetry Prize. Each year the outgoing Each year, the outgoing poetry editor of PRISM international chooses the winning poem. Check out what outgoing PRISM poetry editor Liz Ross had to say about Sue’s poem here.
Sue Goyette nominated for the National Magazine Awards 2011 for poetry – Disrupted; Recession; Fog: Forgotten Names Begin Their Journey Home – which appeared in Fiddlehead and are included in her new poetry collection outskirts. - The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced in Toronto on June 10, at the 34th annual National Magazine Awards gala, presented by CDS Global. Full list of nominations
Writing Recipes with SUE GOYETTE – Sue Goyette is in the Book Fridge - an interview with Sue about writing and teaching. Read it here.
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.
More Brick Books by Sue Goyette
- Retail 2011: Brick Books by Jacob McArthur Mooney (Vox Populism, January 16, 2011)
- Bordering landscapes by Thomas Hodd (Telegraph-Journal, New Brunswick, May 7, 2011)
- Poet lets go of control in life, work by Megan Power (Halifax Chronicle Herald, June 5, 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Aaron Brown (The Canadian Book Review, June 5, 2011)
- Ken Babstock’s double-edged wordplay by Barbara Carey (Toronto Star, Sunday, May 29, 2011)
- Keillor has good ear for overview of American poetry by Ariel Gordon (Winnipeg Free Press, June 25, 2011)
- Poets strike at the heart by Bill Robertson (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, July 2, 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Natalie Schembri (The Beat Magazine - August 8, 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Shannon Webb-Campbell (The Coast, September 1, 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Angela Hickman (Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue 10, September-December 2011)
- Outskirts – Sue Goyette by Corinne (No Bull Book Reviews, November 25, 2011)
- Chris Benjamin Recommends Outskirts by Sue Goyette by Chris Benjamin (Advent Book Blog, December 19, 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Rob MacLeod (Canadian Bookseller, Volume 3, fall 2011)
- A Diptych or Triptych: Review of outskirts, by Sue Goyette by Anne Burke (Prairie Journal)
- outskirts, by Sue Goyette by Nico Mara-McKay (Shelf Life blog, August 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Chad Pelley (Salty Ink, June 7, 2011)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Anna Mioduchowska (Prairie Fire Review of Books, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2012))
- outskirts by Devin Pacholik (Pages and Patches blog, April 3, 2012)
- Long Lines, Yes! by Travis Mason (The Goose, winter 2012, issue 10, pages 116-118)
- Sue Goyette wins the 2012 Pat Lowther Memorial Award !! by (Judges' Comments, League of Canadian Poets)
- 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))
- Loss and language: Sue Goyette’s outskirts by Rhonda Douglas (ARC - Tuesday, August 14th, 2012)
- Outskirts wisdom by Chris Benjamin (The Coast, October 25, 2012)
- outskirts by Sue Goyette by Jane Munro (Malahat Review (180, autumn 2012))
- In Conversation / Poetry & Poetics - Susan Goyette & Susan Gillis by Sina Queyras (Lemonhound.com, April 17, 2013)