by Barbara Klar


Longlisted for the 2009 ReLit Award

A poetic vision quest and pilgrimage into the numinous presence of the Cypress Hills.

Cypress is a series of linked meditative poems focusing on the Cypress Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan, a remarkable landform that Barbara Klar has come to know intimately. Moving with grace between the perceptual moment and its visionary dimension, Klar opens numinous avenues of reconnection to place.

Wind is Pine for listen.
Snap means wait.
And the shadow word
dangles from the witch’s hair
and fights the old war of deadfall and pours
from the one-toothed gargoyles in the eaves of the forest,

in the gardens of the giants, their woody flowers creaking,
the word leaning west, west, growing vertical
against the wind’s disorder, the raven trees planted
by one wingtip and flying.

From “Not Speaking for One Week”

Intensely moving, courageous in their utter dedication, eager for the roots of being, the poems in Cypress carry us to a unique landscape that is also a place of transformation.

“This book takes an already sacred place and reconsecrates it through the graceful, intricate movements of language. That language is dazzling, vibrant, intimate and eloquently expressed on every page. Barbara Klar has an uncanny ability for reaching into landscape and drawing out its essences. These beautifully cadenced, richly authentic poems open whole areas of our consciousness to the visceral embodiments of earth, spirit and flesh. Cypress is a wonderful achievement by a poet at the height of her powers.” – Don Domanski


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About the Author

Barbara Klar lives northwest of Saskatoon. Her first book, The Night You Called Me a Shadow, won the Gerald Lampert Award. The Blue Field, her second book, was nominated for the 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. Klar is also the author of the chapbook, Tower Road, from JackPine Press. Cypress is her third collection.

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 1894078675
  • ISBN-13: 9781894078672
  • Pages: 96
  • Year: 2008
  • Dimensions 6 x 8.75 in
  • Category: ,
  • Cover Art:

    "Chrysalis", 2006, photograph by Barbara Klar

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