Blue Sonoma – eBook
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…”
- Ordinary Hours by Karen Enns | Astatine by Michael Kenyon | Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro
David Jarraway, University of Ottawa, Journal of Canadian Poetry - The Poetry Review, Volume 31, for the year 2014
- Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro
Hilary Turner, Event, Winter 2014/2015
- Poetry of Place at WWF
Mary MacDonald, Pique news magazine, October 8, 2015
- Book Review of Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro
Micheline Maylor, FreeFall Magazine, April 11, 2015
- Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro – nominated for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize
Griffin Poetry Prize Judges
About the Author
Jane Munro’s sixth poetry collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry (2nd place), was…