The True Names of Birds

by Sue Goyette


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Nominated for the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the 1999 Pat Lowther Award and the 1999 Gerald Lampert Award and Globe 100 book for 1999

The True Names of Birds is the first book-length collection from a voice that has captured the attention of Canadian poetry readers for the last half-dozen years. Deeply centred in domestic life, Goyette’s work is informed by a muscular lyricism. These are poems that push the limits, always true to their roots.

“This is a fresh new voice with a tense lyrical intelligence. This is a collection to begin everything with, a cure for silence, secrets that arrive with a steady eloquence.” – Patrick Lane

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Sue Goyette lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has published three books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts (Brick Books) and a novel, Lures (HarperCollins, 2002). Her fourth collection of poems, Ocean, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in 2013. She's been nominated for several awards including the Governor General's Award for…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 0919626998
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626997
  • Pages: 80
  • Year: 1998
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.75 x 0.25 in
  • Category: ,
  • Cover Art:

    Front cover and interior images are after paintings by Brian DeBlois

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