Ghost Country

by Steve Noyes


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“In a sober and carefully understated voice I say: this is a damn good poet.” Al Purdy on Backing into Heaven  

Ghost Country enters the difficult electric air between cultures and lovers, alive to the fierce exoticism of desire but also to its confusions, its political and personal dissonances. Set in contemporary China, these poems spring from the intense anguished observations of the lover of a culture who is also, inescapably, the outsider. Lyrical, candid, tough, they are rooted in a passionate honesty that refuses to sentimentalize or look away. In Steve Noyes we have a writer who has steadily hewed to his own course, producing writing with its own unforgettable tang.

I turned from you. One look back –
your face wet, eyes downcast –
then one look back ramified, became
a city of return, where mind as emperor
holds court endlessly with the heart.

From “The Middle Kingdom”

Ghost Country is not so much a book of poetry as the rangefinder of an exquisite camera, in which two worlds merge to form a single, rich vision. To read this book is to walk into this vision, to breathe its air, to speak its language. It’s a journey worth taking, one that will linger long after the last page is turned.” — Terence Young

It Is Just That Your House is So Far Away, a novel by Steve Noyes

In Ghost Country the sequence ‘The Middle Kingdom’ shows the reader oblique bits of a cross-cultural romance; in Steve Noyes’ novel It Is Just That Your House Is So Far Away, the reader is inside the full story, travelling the narrow lanes and crowded homes of Haidian, Beijing, as a Canadian man and a Chinese woman pursue true love — or at least a place to not get stared at.

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About the Author

Steve Noyes has published six collections of poetry, a story collection, and a novel. His latest poetry title is small data, from Frog Hollow Press. His second novel, November's Radio, is forthcoming from Oolichan Books in Spring, 2015. Noyes was brought up in Winnipeg, studied writing at UBC, and has worked several times in China.…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 1894078497
  • ISBN-13: 9781894078498
  • Pages: 128
  • Year: 2006
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.75 x 0.31 in
  • Category: , ,
  • Cover Art:

    "Nude" by Liang Liqiang, 1993

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