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Review of A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth
From Quentin Mills-Fenn , Uptown magazine, Winnipeg - March 1, 2012

A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth

The cover of Stephanie Bolster’s A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick Books) aptly reflects its contents.
It features a photograph by Susan Bozic of a stuffed bird on a branch in front of wallpaper depicting a bucolic scene. It’s fitting because the latest collection from the Governor General and Gerald Lampert winner is a study of nature once-removed. Zoos, conservatories, abattoirs: all make appearances in this thought-provoking collection.
Consider the poem called “Topiary.” Some human cut and twisted a tree to make it un-tree-like, but it’s a harmless act. Elsewhere, however, Bolster mentions Chernobyl and a bear pit.
She reminds us to ask ourselves why humans feel the need to remake the natural world, and the consequences of that desire. It’s a very important question that needs to be asked daily and everywhere.


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