Blue Sonoma
by Jane Munro


ISBN: 1-926829-88-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-926829-88-3
Pages: 79
Year: 2014
Dimensions 6 x 8.75 in
Category: Print Books
Cover Art: Cover image by Cheryl Dipede
Printing: Fourth

Book Description

This book will be published in April, 2014. More details and full description to come. – See more at:

Winner of the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize

A wise and embodied collection of dreamscapes,
sutras and prayer poems from a writer at her peak

In Blue Sonoma, award-winning poet Jane Munro draws on her well-honed talents to address what Eliot called “the gifts reserved for age.” A beloved partner’s crossing into Alzheimer’s is at the heart of this book, and his “battered blue Sonoma” is an evocation of numerous other crossings: between empirical reportage and meditative apprehension, dreaming and wakefulness, Eastern and Western poetic traditions.  Rich in both pathos and sharp shards of insight, Munro’s wisdom here is deeply embedded, shot through with moments of wit and candour. In the tradition of Taoist poets like Wang Wei and Po-Chu-i, her sixth and best book opens a wide poetic space, and renders difficult conditions with the lightest of touches.

Grey wood twisted tight
within the framework of the tree –
impossible to snap off,
forged as it dries.

And in me, parts I can’t imagine
myself without – silvering.

~from “The live arbutus carries dead branches…”

Praise for Jane Munro:

“spellbinding … haunting … thoughtful, evocative … arresting images … Zen-like spirituality… ” ~The Toronto Star

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